With legumes you can prepare enormously attractive salads , both cold and warm. In this article we are going to give you some ideas so you don't get bored with legume salads.

In a country as legumbrous as Spain was, due to the cheapness and ancestral availability of legumes, now in many cases we have to work hard so that our children eat legumes. Or many adults.

Pulses have so many virtues that the FAO even declared this year, 2016, the International Year of Pulses . Celebrate it by eating legumes without stopping.

If the crisis of recent years has brought us one positive thing, it has been the return to simple and unsophisticated ingredients such as legumes , as well as home cooking. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Before specifying each type of salad, we remind you that the essential thing for the salad to turn out well is that the legumes are of good quality and of the same year . If we buy dried legumes, it is not the same if they have been dried in the same year as if they are more than a year old. The care with which they have been preserved also has an influence, although we have no control over this. Therefore, the ideal is to find a trusted provider and try.

Although if we want to be sure that the legumes are tasty and tender, we have quality preserves within our reach, both for chickpeas and white beans, red beans, pochas beans, La Granja beans and lentils. The use of canned legumes makes it much easier for us to prepare salads since not only do we not have to bother cooking the legumes, but we almost do not have to plan anything in advance. We open the can and that's it. They are a perfect solution for summer.

Chickpea salads

The chickpea salad in vinaigrette is a classic of summer tapas. Chickpeas admit to being accompanied by raw vegetables and canned fish , such as tuna in oil, chopped tomato and pepper that are typical in this salad. Mixing these ingredients is always a success, and you can give it a fun touch if you spiralize the vegetables (the Spirelli will help you), although we can always make salads with more sophisticated and foreign flavors, like this chickpea salad with carrots with oriental flavors .

Ingredients that go well with chickpeas:

  • Tomatoes
  • green and red peppers
  • Raw and fried onion
  • Spring onion
  • fresh herbs like cilantro
  • Carrot
  • Baked potato
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Cucumber
  • feta cheese
  • canned tuna
  • Smoked
  • Spices like curry, cumin, etc.

chickpea salad recipe

Chickpea and carrot salad recipe from The Winter Guest

Lentil Salad

Lentil salads are perhaps less seen, but they also have tasty possibilities. In the Middle East and Asia there are succulent cold dishes made with lentils and very spicy, such as the famous mujadara . You can find delicious examples of salad with lentils in Yotam Ottolenghi's El Gourmet Vegetariano .

However, I think that lentils do not admit all the accompaniments that chickpeas admit, although perhaps it is because of the habit of seeing chickpeas in salads and not seeing lentils. You have an example in this lentil salad with cumin and lemon in brine , it's delicious!

Ingredients that go well with lentils:

  • olives
  • Cucumber
  • Nuts
  • Moroccan-style lemon in brine
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • wild asparagus

Bean salad

For bean salads, whatever their color, it is essential to use a good raw material . I find that bean salads admit other accompaniments that are somewhat different from the previous ones, with stronger flavors , like slices of cured cheese, or more sophisticated, like shellfish.

Ingredients that go well with beans or beans:

  • cooked shellfish
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cucumber
  • cured cheese
  • assorted mushrooms

All the vegetables to accompany the legume salads will be well chopped with knives , mandolins or spiral cutters .

And of course, all salads must always be well watered with virgin olive oil and quality vinegars .

salad dressing accessories

Microplane adjustable mandolin , Le Creuset salad bowl and Spirelli spiral slicer by Gefu

Ideas for serving legume salads

The food enters through the eyes and not only does it have to look appetizing, but we will add a plus if we serve it in beautiful containers.

In this sense, any salad served in a Tokyo Design porcelain salad bowl or a Le Creuset ceramic salad bowl goes up several notches. Almost for you to be awarded a Michelin star.

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