Arugula Beans Salad topped with creamy avocado dressing is a simple yet delicious HEALTHY meal. This very nutritious spring salad is easy to made and can be eaten anytime. CLICK to grab the recipe or PIN for later! natlieshealth.com #vegan #glutenfree #vegetarian #healthy #salad

Arugula Beans Salad with Avocado Dressing

Crunchy Arugula Beans Salad topped with creamy avocado dressing is a simple yet delicious HEALTHY meal. This salad is full of quality dietary fibers, plant-based proteins, and healthy fats. It’s the perfect light lunch or easy healthy dinner.

I LOVEEEEE green leafy salads. When spring comes, I can’t wait to fill my plate with freshly picked greens from the farmers market. One of my favorite spring greenies is arugula, or “ricula” as we call it here in Croatia. It tastes bitter and slightly peppery, and it goes very well with all meals. I use arugula for making salads, of course, but also for making sandwiches. I put it on a pizza. I make arugula pesto… and sometimes I eat a pinch, unseasoned, with a piece of cheese, straight from the refrigerator. What a lovely quick snack!

Arugula Beans Salad topped with creamy avocado dressing is a simple yet delicious HEALTHY meal. This very nutritious spring salad is easy to made and can be eaten anytime. CLICK to grab the recipe or PIN for later! natlieshealth.com #vegan #glutenfree #vegetarian #healthy #salad

Arugula is an incredible veggie. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, K and folic acid, but also contains a lot of important minerals – calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Like most green vegetables, arugula is loaded with antioxidants and is known for being an excellent liver cleanser that’s why arugula is used for the spring detox. Arugula is sooo HEALTHY…  and so handy. You can grow arugula around your house, you know!? Even on your kitchen window. I had no luck in growing my own arugula… the same story as with basil. I’m just not good at “that” planting and growing stuff … although I love plants and gardening. 

I remember, as a kid, how I used to spend my spring school breaks at my grandma’s old house in Zagorje (a part of Croatian northwest County). We loved to go for a walk around the countryside and scooped wild arugula that was growing around on this beautiful green fields.  Now I can’t wait for first fresh picked arugula to appear on the local farmers market. It always reminds me of my lovely Zagorje. 

Arugula Beans Salad topped with creamy avocado dressing is a simple yet delicious HEALTHY meal. This very nutritious spring salad is easy to made and can be eaten anytime. CLICK to grab the recipe or PIN for later! natlieshealth.com #vegan #glutenfree #vegetarian #healthy #salad

Anyway, Arugula Beans Salad is my grandma’s favorite spring salad. And my too. This salad always brings wonderful childhood memories. That’s why I decided to upgrade grandmother’s classic arugula salad with beans and onions, which I ate as a kid. I decided to make it more nutritious and off course healthier. 

Arugula Beans Salad topped with creamy avocado dressing is a simple yet delicious HEALTHY meal. This very nutritious spring salad is easy to made and can be eaten anytime. CLICK to grab the recipe or PIN for later! natlieshealth.com #vegan #glutenfree #vegetarian #healthy #salad

To make this salad I used fresh young arugula, cooked brown beans, and purple onion. I also added some cherry tomatoes and freshly grated carrot. Mild flavored purple onion, peppery arugula and soft beans, combined with crisp, fresh carrots and juicy tomatoes have turned this Arugula Beans Salad into a true spring splendor.  You can easily replace brown beans with red or white beans if you prefer. Note that red beans are more nutritious than brown beans. It has more proteins and calories, while white beans are totally low -calorie but contains fewer proteins and fibers.

My grandma used a simple dressing made of olive oil, vinegar, and salt to spice up her salads. I’ve decided to take this Arugula Beans Salad into a new era. So I made the creamy dressing with avocado, lemon, and Greek yogurt. It’s like HEALTHY mayo. This avocado dressing enriched the Arugula Beans Salad with healthy nutrients and made it irresistibly light and just perfect. You can store this avo dressing in a jar with a good lid and keep refrigerated up to few days. I use avo dressing for my sandwiches and as a spread for my toasts.

Arugula Beans Salad is …

  • requires only a 5 simple ingredients and it’s super easy to make,
  • full of high-quality dietary fibers that promote good digestion and weight loss,
  • rich in plant-based proteins,
  • rich in healthy fats,
  • rich in potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B and iron,
  • rich in antioxidants that protect our body and support the immune system,
  • gluten-free and vegetarian, 
  • perfect office lunch or a light dinner.

Don’t let the looks and sounds of this simple salad fool you. It’s a complete, well-balanced meal. This Arugula Beans Salad contains all your body needs – proteins, healthy fats and lots of healthy fibers that will make you well fed and keep you full for hours. You can prepare all ingredients ahead and put the salad into a glass jars and keep in your fridge. It’s a GREAT quick grab-and-go meal or office lunch.  

Enjoy! 

Arugula Beans Salad topped with creamy avocado dressing is a simple yet delicious HEALTHY meal. This very nutritious spring salad is easy to made and can be eaten anytime. CLICK to grab the recipe or PIN for later! natlieshealth.com #vegan #glutenfree #vegetarian #healthy #salad
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Arugula Beans Salad with Avocado Dressing

A peppery, crunchy Arugula Beans Salad topped with creamy avocado dressing is a simple yet delicious HEALTHY meal. Full of quality dietary fibers, plant-based proteins, and healthy fats it's the perfect light lunch or easy HEALTHY dinner.
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 437 kcal
Author Natalie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup brown beans cooked and drained
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ purple onion to taste
  • ½ cup carrots freshly grated

Avocado dressing

  • 1 avocado
  • 2-4 tablespoon lemon juice to taste
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Himalayan salt to taste
  • Peper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the arugula, beans, red onion, tomatoes and grated carrots.
  2. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat. Serve.

Avocado Dressing

  1. In a blender, whisk together avocado, lemon juice, olive oil and Greek yogurt until smooth and combined. Season with cumin, salt and pepper, to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Arugula Beans Salad with Avocado Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 17g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 419mg 17%
Potassium 667mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 14g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 53%
Calcium 17%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 
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34 Comments

  1. Natalie, this salad looks delicious. I love how you give so much for health and nutrition details in your post. Always good to know more about the food you eat. Thanks for sharing all that information.

  2. Natalie, this arugula salad looks amazing! I hope I can find some at my local farmers market. And the dressing! I’m a sucker for anything with avocado. 🙂

  3. You are right – arugula is amazing! Just like you I love using it in many different ways. It has such a refreshing and peppery taste and makes almost everything taste so much fresher and brighter! Your combination of peppery arugula and creamy avocado is so so so good!

  4. Natalie this Arugula salad looks amazing and perfect for Spring. Arugula is one of my favorite greens. Love how you made this simple and with the Avocado dressing. Yumm. Can’t wait to try this 🙂

  5. Fortunately for me I have arugula in the fridge. I used some of it for our pizza now I’m going to make your recipe. I really like the avocado dressing. Yum!! All that nutrition in one bowl. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Ooh definitely trying this dressing! Love avocados and always trying to find ways to gobble them up! Thanks!

  7. Wow this is one nutritious and delicious looking salad. I have been trying to incorporate more arugula into our diet. Avocados are always in our house. This is the perfect lunch, or I would pair it with a great burger for dinner too.

  8. I love arugula. I remember going to the US and not knowing it was, what we call rocket, in the UK

  9. Now I wished I could visit Croatia soon again. It has been more then 10 years already. We had even taken the train once from Austria to Croatia, and it was awesome. 🙂 Your salad reminds me of warm days and I absolutely need this right now while sitting in the summer heat in India. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m so glad you have such a lovely memories 🙂 10 years is looong heheh You need to come and visit Croatia again. We have beautiful weather here, sunny, warm and coast is just beautiful this time of year 😉

  10. I love arugula salad, I find it’s the best salad to go with a steak (sorry don’t mean to offend if you’re vegetarian!). I love your avocado dressing sounds really yummy. I’ve pinned this for later because I’d been wanting to make an avocado dressing. I’ll give yours a try. 🙂

  11. Arugula is my fave salad green and I’m always looking for new recipes to use it. It is too easy to get in a rut with salad. Looks like I’ll be adding some avocados to the grocery list!

  12. I love arugula as well, and this looks like such a beautiful spring salad! The avocado dressing sounds like a delicious combo for this salad.

  13. Natalie I need to try your avocado dressing as it looks really creamy. My daughter like avocado also salad. I will try it for her salad.

  14. I’m so with you on this! We love to have arugula in the crisper at all times. It’s a go-to side for us. We often serve just that with a little olive oil and salt as a side to veggie burgers for dinner. Quick, easy, no fuss.

  15. The salad sounds perfect for spring and I love love love avocado!! The dressing sounds delicious and I would just slather it on everything.

  16. I love arugula and beans are the perfect addition to this salad. Looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it with the avocado dressing !

  17. I love how nice and simple this is to make. I’m not sure what you mean by brown beans, might they go by another name?

    • Thanks! I’m glad you like it 🙂 We call it brown beans here in Mediterranean, it’s very common here. It has very soft buttery texture. It’s similar to Red Kidney Beans and can be substituted with it in this salad.

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