Summer salad with beans and vegetables

... and how to make easy and tasty salads

August 22, 2020 | Salad bar


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You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces. Just good food from fresh ingredients. (Julia Child)

Salads are quick and easy to prepare and perfect to go. For this reason I often prepare them for lunch or dinner. For my salads I use different ingredients from various categories. Today I want to show you this categories. You can use them for your own creations and for inspiration you can find a tasty salad at the end of this blog post.


Category 1: (pseudo-) grain and other ingredients

  • millet
  • spelt
  • wheat
  • brown rice
  • wild rice (also a mixture of brown and wild rice)
  • whole grain pasta
  • lentil, chickpea, pea noodles
  • unripe spelt grain
  • pearl barley
  • buckwheat
  • bulgur
  • couscous (whole grain)
  • quinoa (preferably a mixture of three types)
  • amarant
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes

Category 2: beans, lentils and peas

  • red and yellow lentils
  • brown and black lentils
  • chickpeas (in a jar, without additives)
  • kidney beans, white giant beans, black beans (in a jar, without additives)
  • green beans (in a jar, without additives)
  • green peas

Category 3: vegetables

  • cucumbers
  • gherkins
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • maize
  • carrots
  • asparagus
  • radish

Category 4: salad

  • lettuce, lamb’s lettuce
  • chinese cabbage
  • rocket

Category 5: nuts, kernels and seeds

  • walnuts
  • sesame
  • sunflower, pumpkin seeds
  • cashew, pine nuts

Category 6: cheese

  • feta
  • mozzarella
  • cheddar
  • hard cheese like Tilsit, Gouda

Category 7: fruits

  • strawberries
  • mango
  • papaya

For the dressing:

  • Spices like parsley, chive, curry, chili, …
  • Liquid spices like olive oil, rapeseed oil, vinegar …
  • Specials like yoghurt, sour cream, buttermilk, …

And now I serve my healthy and tasty summer salad to you...

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Ingredients: (serves 4)

For the salad:

200 g precooked wheat (Supermarket)
10 radishes
1 cucumber
1 glass (340 g)* green beans


* about 195 g drained net weight

For the dressing:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teeaspoon curry
  parsley (fresh and dried)
  paprika powder
  (herb) salt and pepper


Prep time: 10-15 minutes


  1. Cook the wheat.
  2. Meanwhile, wash the radishes and the cucumber and dice them.
  3. Wash the beans in a sieve and drain well.
  4. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing with a whisk.
  5. Add the radishes, the cucumber and the beans to the wheat.
    Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

Tips and tricks:

  • If you like, add more vinegar, oil or water to the dressing.
  • When buying the beans, make sure that they are without citric acid or sugar.

This recipe is…

  • … fresh and light…
  • creative and healthy
  • … quick & easy to make.
  • … perfect to go.
  • … excellent as a side dish for lunch or dinner.
  • … is suitable for a main dish.
  • … perfect for the next party.
  • … vegatarian and vegan.

You might be also interested in:


favourite salad with buckwheat


colourful sweet potato salad


lentil salad with chickpeas and feta


Bulgur salad with honey-mustard-dressing

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