Easy Spring Salads that Transition to Summer
Honoring the abundance of asparagus with a new recipe each spring is a Sacred & Delicious blog tradition—and today I offer you a flavorful and colorful White Bean and Asparagus Salad. As with many of my recent recipes, this recipe is open to variation. (See my postscript below if you’re looking for more asparagus recipes.)
Here are some easy variations you can make to this recipe:
- For readers who shy away from beans, you can switch out the beans with quinoa or rice and still have a tempting dish.
- Serve it as a side dish with a bowl of soup for a complete meal, or just eat lots of bean salad! I suggest either my recent recipe for Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup or my favorite summer Carrot Soup, which you can find in Sacred & Delicious: A Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook.
- If you don’t like cilantro, the salad will be equally delicious with fresh basil or dill.
- Adding mint made the dish sing for me but the recipe still works well without it.
- If you avoid garlic, substitute fresh ginger.
- Serve it warm or cooled, whatever suits your taste—though I think it’s best when just a little warm or room temperature.
Since beans are not the easiest food to digest 😊, I sauté the vegetables for just a few minutes to soften them. According to Ayurveda, reinforced with years of my personal experience, cooked vegetables are far easier to digest—especially for people with vata disorders. High vata, which essentially means excessive air in the body, weakens the digestion and contributes to intestinal gas. (Sorry if this is TMI, folks, but I often make a point to offer a little Ayurvedic insight into health problems!)
Enjoy this White Bean and Asparagus Salad to delight your palate during these glorious days of spring and summer!
PS Looking for more asparagus recipes? Easy Sauteed Asparagus, Easy Asparagus Soup (and the most delicious Asparagus Soup ever! Also Asparagus with Blanched Almond Sauce, Asparagus with Leeks and Shiitake Mushrooms, Baked Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Veggies, Asparagus and Sweet Potato Side, GF Asparagus Wraps,