Winter White Bean Salad

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WinterWhiteBeanSalad 570x299 Winter White Bean SaladYou can buy peeled and cubed squash in many supermarket produce departments. While it steams you can make the pesto and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

 Winter White Bean Salad

Winter White Bean Salad
From Forks Over Knives–The Cookbook
Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 1 pumpkin (about 2 pounds), or other similar winter squash, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
• 4 cups cooked cannellini or other white beans, or two 15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed
• 1 medium red onion, peeled and diced small
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
• 1 batch Spicy Cilantro Pesto

1. Steam the pumpkin in a double boiler or steamer basket for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until tender. Drain and rinse the pumpkin until cool.

2. Once the pumpkin has cooled, add it to a medium bowl with the beans, onion, salt and pepper, and pesto. Mix well until combined.

Spicy Cilantro Pesto
Makes about 1 Cup

An appealing alternative to traditional basil pesto, this goes well with a variety of foods.

Ingredients:

• 2 cups packed cilantro
• ¼ cup hulled sunflower seeds, toasted, optional
• 1 jalapeño pepper, coarsely chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
• Zest and juice of 1 lime
• Salt to taste
• ½ package extra firm silken tofu (about 6 ounces), drained
• ¼ cup nutritional yeast, optional

Combine the cilantro, sunflower seeds (if using), jalapeño pepper, garlic, lime zest and juice, salt, tofu, and nutritional yeast (if using) in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy.

 Winter White Bean Salad

Del Sroufe

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