Bean Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

Hot summer days call for simple suppers with refreshing flavors like lemon and mint. Keep a jar of this homemade dressing in your refrigerator and plenty of canned beans on hand and you’ll always be able to create a fast summer meal in minutes.

Combine a can of rinsed beans with chopped scallions, carrots and celery. You can also add cooked grains like quinoa or barley if you like. Then dress to taste with mint vinaigrette.

For the vinaigrette combine the following ingredients in a jar and shake to combine.

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup chopped fresh mint

1/8 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper, to taste