Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Feed South Africa & Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

/// February 10th, 2014

Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

In honor of The Feed South Africa Campaign, I made you lunch :)

A quick and simple lunch with beans (x3), kale, and roasted red peppers. It’s the perfect meatless mid-day meal to keep you full and happy till dinner!

But first! Let’s talk a little more about this campaign. It is important, friends.

In a world where 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry (and not because they’re on a diet!), I consider us very lucky to live in a household where consuming healthy meals 3 times a day is never a question. Never a thought. Never a hope. It is simply our way of life. We are fortunate and blessed. We know it.

Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

But what about those who aren’t so fortunate? What about the people – the men, women, and children – who don’t have the luxury of good meals. Who most of the time don’t even know if there will be a meal. Can you imagine…? I can’t.

Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

But I can help! We can help. Today I’m asking you, my dear friends, to help. Today I’m asking you to join me in this battle against hunger. I’m asking you – and counting on your generosity – to match my $10.00 donation to the lunchbox fund, so that we can raise enough to feed 100 hungry children lunch everyday for a YEAR. Just 10 bucks can do that! It’s your chance to feed a child; nourish a mind. It’s your chance to swap your afternoon coffee or afterwork beer in place of a simple donation that will make all the difference in a child’s life and education. I know all of our financial situations are different – I came from a single parent home who relied on the kindness of others many times – but please think of what you do have, and not of what you don’t. Please give what you can.

I truly hope you’ll consider joining me, and the nearly 100 other food bloggers, taking part in this outreach. Together we really can make a difference in these kids lives!

Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

*This incredible effort of love and generosity has been organized by The Giving Table, founded by Nicole of Eat This Poem. She has an amazing heart and vision!

Now for a little about the recipe. Todays theme for the campaign was lunch, and since I pack us lunch pretty much everyday, I was excited to think up a new recipe to share! Also, considering the cause I’ve been talking about today, I wanted to develop a recipe that could last (us) 2-3 days and was low on costs.

Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

I automatically knew beans would be involved because they’re a cheap (and delicious!) way to make a meal really stick to your bones. Once I decided on a bean salad, I started thinking about how I could make it just a little healthier.

Solution: KALE! And roasted red peppers! They go great together (have you tried this SUPER cheesy kale and roasted red pepper pasta bake?), and pack a wonderful nutritional punch without taking anything away from the taste. WIN!

This bean salad also stays good in the fridge for up to 3 days! The beans and kale just get better and better as they soak in the simple dressing, and I love that if I make this on a Sunday night we have lunch straight through Wednesday. It makes like a lot easier!

Happy Monday, friends! xo

Feed South Africa & Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale, ribs and large stems removed
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil; divided
  • (1) 15 ounce can kidney beans
  • (1) 15 ounce can white beans
  • (1) 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
  • 2 roasted red peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry kale well. Remove ribs and large stems. Cut kale leaves into bite sized pieces and place leaves into a large bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil over kale, and massage it - using your hands - into the leaves. Set aside.
  2. Drain and wash all three cans of beans, then place them in a very large mixing bowl. Add peppers and scallions, and stir well to combine.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, honey, cayenne, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stirring continuously add remaining olive oil and whisk until dressing has emulsified.
  4. Pour dressing over beans, then add kale and stir everything together.
  5. Place bowl in the refrigerator for at least one hour and up to 24.
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11 thoughts on “Feed South Africa & Three Bean Kale and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

  1. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Ashley!
    love that you are supporting The LunchBox fund. . I’ve donated and it’s going to be so great to see that number rise today and tomorrow and throughout the week. . so glad to be supporting this great cause here with you today!

    Reply

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