quick summer three bean salad

i had to bring a salad to a friend’s house for dinner-problem was, it had been a few days since i’d been to the grocery store- – -so i looked in the pantry, then the refrigerator, and decided to make this (really quick) three bean salad. it was a big hit!

combine the following in a bowl, mix well, then refrigerate until 5-10 minutes before serving:

  • 2 cups cut organic green beans  (cut in 4’s and quickly boiled in salted water for 5-7 minutes, then rinsed in cold water to retain color)
  • 1 cup cooked white beans (i used canned, but presoaked and home cooked is much better (for you)-here’s some incentive to cook your own)
  • 1 cup cooked black eyed peas (same as above-you can substitute black beans as well)
  • 1 large ripe (or two roma) tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 small bunch finely chopped organic cilantro
  • 1/2 red hot chili pepper de-seeded, and finely minced (optional for spicy)
  • 2-3 finely sliced green onions (optional)
  • sea salt & cracked pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp home made lemony pesto (if available) see PESTO recipe
  • freshly squeezed juice of 1.5 to 2 limes
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