Salad with Black Beans & Tamari Walnuts
Salad with Beans & Tamari Walnuts

As the weather gets colder here in Vancouver – and it’s cold right now – eating a plain salad for me isn’t always what I am wanting.

To put some yummy yet healthy things in to the salad to switch it up some what is easy and staying with healthy eating.

Even though salad is raw, adding in Black Beans is still vegan and so is the Tamari Walnuts – unless you heat it at a very low level (stove top)

or even dehydrate them.

Explore some possibilities of different add ons – like Lentils, Chic Peas, Beans, Raw / Vegan Cheeses etc with salads – keeping it vegan, healthy and tasty!!

I am not including measurements with this post as you can create or add in how much you like, whether you are making this just for you – for one meal, and / or lunch the next day or two, or a side dish for the family or a get together with a few friends.


Tamari Walnuts

Put in some Tamari (preferably wheat free) in a frying pan (or bowl if you plan on dehydrating them) – I use approx 3 tbsp for a handful of nuts.  Stir well and place on heat.  I keep mine on a low heat and stir several times while on the heat for a several minutes or until the Tamari starts to slightly bubble.  I then turn off the heat, stir the nuts and let them cool down before I use them (optional)


Combine in a big bowl

–  Leaf lettuce

–  Arugula

–  chopped Cilantro

–  thinly sliced Red Onion

–  cut up Avocado

–  1 can (or freshly cooked) Black Beans – well drained

Before adding in Avocado (as it can get mushy) mix all ingredients together. Add in cut up Avocado.

Serve, eat plain or add a nice Salad dressing  – oil and vinegar I find is great with this – always a good quality, cold pressed oil.  White wine Vinegar is a good mix too!