Healthy and Easy Lunch Idea: Pinto Bean Salad

The Nutritional Value of Pinto Beans

Pinto beans are rich in plant protein, low in fat, high in fibre, and a good source of molybdenum, folate, copper, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, and iron. These nutrients are essential for maintaining a healthy body and providing the necessary energy for daily activities.

The Importance of Lunch

Lunch is the main meal of the day and plays a vital role in keeping your energy levels balanced throughout the day. It is essential to ensure that your lunch is rich in nutrients, light, filling, and delicious.

The Naturopathic Approach to Cooking

The naturopathic approach to cooking emphasizes healthy food combinations and cooking methods as the foundation of health. By cooking with the right combinations and healthy cooking methods, you can ensure that you are getting the most out of your food and providing your body with the necessary nutrients.

Pinto Bean Salad Recipe

Here is a delicious and healthy lunch idea that you can try – Pinto Bean Salad.


  • 1 cup dried pinto beans

  • 5 cups water

  • Fresh salad leaves

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Cucumber

  • Onion

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Fresh lemon

  • Herbal/Himalayan salt

  • Black pepper


    1. Wash the pinto beans and soak them overnight or for at least 8 hours.

    2. Rinse the beans with clean water and cook them with 5 cups of water.

    3. Cook the beans until they are soft and then strain them from the cooking water.

    4. In a mixing bowl, add the cooked pinto beans, fresh salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and onion.

    5. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of the salad (a great source of zinc!).

    6. In a separate bowl, mix extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon, herbal/Himalayan salt, and black pepper to make the dressing.

    7. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss it gently.

    8. Enjoy your healthy and delicious Pinto Bean Salad for lunch!



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