Warm Tuscan Bean Salad

Dinner ready in 30 minutes! Try this hearty bean salad that has a fresh herb flavor - perfect if you love Italian cuisine.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2
medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2
cans (15 to 16 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and 1/2 cup liquid reserved
1 1/2
teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4
teaspoon pepper
4
cups bite-size pieces spinach leaves
1/4
cup red wine vinaigrette or Italian dressing
2
tablespoons bacon flavor bits
  • 1 Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook carrots and onion in oil 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • 2 Stir in beans, 1/2 cup reserved liquid, the oregano and pepper. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Line large platter with spinach. Top with bean mixture. Pour vinaigrette over salad. Sprinkle with bacon bits.

Expert Tips

If you want to make Tuscan Bean and Chicken Salad, omit 1 can of cannellini beans and add 1 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey with the beans in step 2.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
385
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
230mg
230%;
Total Carbohydrate
63g
63%
(Dietary Fiber
16g
16%
),
Protein
24g
24%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
50%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 3 Vegetable; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.