Italian White Bean and Fresh Herb Salad

Serves 4

COST: $2.59

Per 2 cups

Calories: 279

Fat: 10g

Carbohydrates: 37g

Protein: 12g

Fiber: 13g

Sugar: 7g

Sodium: 279mg

2 141⁄2-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 ribs celery, diced

1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 large tomatoes, chopped

1⁄2 cup sliced black olives

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, combine the beans, celery, parsley, and basil with olive oil. Heat, stirring frequently, over low heat for 3 minutes, until herbs are softened but not cooked.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients, gently tossing to combine. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Color Your Salad
Salads can definitely help you reach the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day; however, they can also contain an excess amount of empty calories, with a little of this and a little of that. The best way to create a nutritionally complete salad is to include a protein and at least three different colors of vegetables. Each color provides your body with different phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals that work in synergy.