Chilli Lemon Bean Salad

My Chilli Lemon Bean Salad has a great mix of fresh ingredients and a tangy dressing that has a surprisingly zingy kick to it. Ready in no time, you’ll have a fantastic vegan salad that is gluten free, rich in protein and a perfect compliment for any main!

chilli lemon bean salad recipe

Discovering Not All Salads Are Created Equal!

One of my first concerns with going vegan was that I would always have to eat lettuce salads and be left hungry all the time. As a young adult who was heavily involved in sports, this was a real concern for me. Not to mention my false concerns with getting in enough protein on a vegan diet.

So what did I do? I hardly ate any salads and over-relied on processed alternatives. Not the smartest move in hindsight..

After some time, I realised I needed to evolve my meal plans and incorporate more whole foods into my diet whilst upkeeping my protein requirements.

Luckily for me, I was forced to be creative in the kitchen when first transitioning to veganism and trialed-and-errored my way into creating some amazing salads that pack a real nutritional punch.

In particular, this chilli lemon bean salad!

It’s mix of nutritious and satiating ingredients and unique flavours has made this salad a long-time favourite of mine. More importantly, it was a life-saver of mine when in training mode.

high protein vegan bean salad

High Protein Vegan Salads

I like to keep meals as easy and nutritious as possible when training. This is one of the many benefits of salads: they can quickly be tossed together with some dressing and you’ve got yourself a tasty and refreshing meal!

So if you’re a gym junkie or fitness fanatic and want to cut down on meal-prep time, then be sure to give this salad a try.

It is a great way to boost your daily protein intake and can use this as a post-workout snack to change-up the protein powder shakes that we all over-consume when training!

zesty chilli lemon bean salad recipe

The Nutritional Benefits Of Bean Salads

I am a big fan of soy beans and soy based products. However, it is very easy to over-consume soy when transitioning to veganism or fitness training given it’s versatility, prevalence in meat & dairy alternatives and high amount of protein.

This is why I love making this salad. It gives my body a break from soy and still gives me a high amount of protein from whole foods to keep my body healthy and fit.

And it’s nutritional benefits don’t just lye with plant protein.

It is an excellent source of iron, which the body needs for growth and development as well as making red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to the body. In addition, it is chock full of Vitamin C which is an excellent way to increase iron absorption – not to mention its benefit to the proper functioning of the immune system and other body functions.

excellent source of plant protein in vegan salads

How Do You Make Chilli Lemon Bean Salad?

This is the best part of this salad. It takes little time to make and is super cheap to make.

All you will need to whip up this zesty dressing is lemon juice, olive oil and some common herbs and spices laying in your pantry.

And for the salad? Just some canned beans, onions, cucumber and tomatoes. Combine all these together and you’ve got yourself a salad that you can turn to at any time to get more nutrition into your diet and keep you fuller for longer.

More Vegan Salads and Sides To Try

If you like this chilli lemon bean salad recipe, you might also like:

Please feel free to check out all my vegan recipes here for more inspiration in the kitchen!

protein rich vegan salad recipe

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Chilli Lemon Bean Salad

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Voach Course: Salad, SidesCuisine: VeganDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Calories

376

kcal

My Chilli Lemon Bean Salad has a great mix of fresh ingredients and a tangy dressing that has a surprisingly zingy kick to it. Ready in no time, you’ll have a fantastic vegan salad that is gluten free, rich in protein and a perfect compliment for any main!

Ingredients

  • 14 Oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed* See notes

  • 14 Oz. canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 small red onion, diced

  • 1/3 medium cucumber, sliced into quarters

  • 5 cherry tomatoes, diced into quarters

  • 1 lemon, juiced**

  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp. mild chilli powder

  • 1 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika

  • 2 sprigs coriander for garnish

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • First step is the dressing. Place the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and herbs + spices in a small cup and mix together well. You may add in some water to thin the dressing if you prefer.
  • In a medium sized bowl, add the chickpeas, black beans, onion, cucumber and cherry tomatoes.
  • Next, pour the dressing over the beans and veggies and toss together so the salad is evenly coated.
  • Now it is ready to be served with some coriander and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Notes

  • * If you do not like the bitter taste or tough texture of kale, you can substitute with baby leaf spinach or si* You can substitute these beans with any other type of beans that you prefer. Another favourite of mine for this dish are black eyed beans.
  • ** Limes also work well in place of lemons
  • *** Can also use parsley if you’re not a fan of coriander
  • TO STORE: The lemon dressing can be kept refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 1 week. If you have leftovers of the salad, it can be kept refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
  • NUTRITION: Servings: 1 | Calories: 376kcal | Carbs: 62g | Sugar: 5g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 10g | Sat Fat: 2g | Fibre: 18g | Net Carbs: 44g | Vitamin A: 23% DV | Vitamin C: 15% DV | Vitamin E: 9% DV | Vitamin K: 12% DV | Folate: 4% DV | Calcium: 3% DV | Iron: 14% DV | Potassium: 5% DV | Sodium: 3% DV | Zinc: 2% DV Nutrition information is calculated automatically and is an estimate only

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