Rinsed and chilled, canned beans add nutrition, texture and interest to salads. Toss some garbanzo beans or kidney beans -- or whatever canned beans you have in the pantry -- into a bowl of greens. Beans can even substitute for croutons in a salad. Just rinse and drain a can of white beans, then fry them in a pan until crispy!
You can skip the lettuce altogether and make beans the basis of your salad. Here are three variations that feature various beans:
If you want a nutritious salad you can serve as an entrée, Spicy Orzo and Black Bean Salad fills the bill. On those days when only a warm salad will do, fire up the grill and toss together a Warm Potato and Bean Salad using canned kidney or pinto beans.