Butter Bean, Spinach and Pesto Salad

Monday, 14 March 2016
Butter Bean, Spinach and Pesto Salad

For the past few weeks, this salad has been my go-to for my work packed lunch. I always take my lunch to work with me because it saves so much money and also means I always have something healthy and nutritious to eat to keep me going. I'm not a big snacker, I prefer having three good meals during the day and then maybe a little something sweet after dinner, so I make sure my lunches are filling and packed full of goodness to last me until dinner time. 

This salad is really yummy and only takes around five minutes to put together so anyone who says they don't have time to make packed lunches is lying. Butter beans are low in fat but high in protein and fibre so keep you filled up while the pumpkin seeds add a nice crunch to the salad and make it extra nutritious. I also like to add a dollop of hummus on the side but that's entirely up to you (it's so good!). 

Butter Bean, Spinach and Pesto Salad

You will need (serves 2): 
1 tin butter beans
2 tablespoons green pesto of your choice (I use this recipe)
2 large handfuls spinach*
1 large handful rocket*
1/2 cup sweetcorn
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
8 cherry tomatoes, chopped in half

*I know these handful measurements are pretty vague but I never know how best to measure out salad leaves! I usually just use my judgement of how much I'd eat so add more or less depending on your preference. 

- Simply mix everything together in a large bowl, apart from the tomatoes, and ensure the pesto coats all the ingredients.
- Split between two smaller bowls and add the cherry tomatoes on top, 8 halves on each.

Butter Bean, Spinach and Pesto Salad

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