Pulse salad recipe selection - including chickpea salad and kidney bean salad.
This page offers a variety of salads that are made with one or a number of pulses. Pulses include hearty foods such as chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, broad beans and dried peas.
They are very rich in protein and very low in fat and calories, and therefore they are perfect food for those on a diet. Eat with caution, as they do cause extreme wind!
Pulses in general must be soaked overnight or for at least 12 hours before cooking them, and before they can then be eaten.
They are excellent value for money and a whole packet of chickpeas or kidney beans, for example, will go a long way. Not only this, but pulses are extremely healthy, hearty and filling, providing the body with many nutrients, vitamins and plenty of energy.
Pulses are very underrated, probably due to the hassle of their pre-cooking preparation, however, these days, ready-cooked pulses are available in jars and sold in our local supermarkets.
All you have to do is empty the contents into a saucepan and heat them up. Some of our salads can be eaten warm but the majority are delicious chilled and served cold.
Pulses are in general fairly mild-flavoured and therefore you can add a wonderful array of seasonings and spices to create tantalisingly flavoursome dishes.
Many of our pulse salad recipes contain delicious herbs and spices as ingredients and include coriander, chilli, garlic, cumin, paprika and ginger. Many are also flavoured with lemon or lime juice, vinegar or olive oil.
As pulses are so filling, they are the perfect food to take as a packed lunch or on a picnic. At home our salad recipes can be served as a lunch dish, as a substantial starter, or even as an accompaniment to cold meats or fish. If you are unfamiliar with pulses and are looking for something new to try, you will be amazed at how delicious and tasty these dried beans can really be.
Pulse salad recipe variations
Balancing bean salad
This recipe calls for a mix of various types of beans and therefore you can prepare this salad to suit your preference and use the beans that you like the most. Suggestions inc...
This is a light salad that is perfect for the summer. It is also very filling and may fill you up for the day and give you extra energy whilst at work....
Chickpea salad with mint and yoghurt dressing
This chickpea salad is spicy and fiery as it is flavoured with garlic, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and paprika. The chickpeas are mixed with tomatoes which help to balance the...
Four bean salad
This salad is extremely colourful, nutritious and filling. You can use any other types of beans too or even substitute one lot of beans for chickpeas....
Green lentil and ginger salad
This salad can be eaten warm or cold and is an extremely healthy and energising mixture of detoxifying ingredients. Prepare this salad if you are feeling sluggish or tired or j...
Kidney bean, avocado and tomato salad
This salad is full of protein and fabulous vitamin E, which keeps the skin healthy and young looking for longer....
Red kidney bean salad
This salad is easy to prepare and can be served on its own or inside a basket of fresh lettuce leaves....
Tuna fish and butter bean salad
This salad is very popular in some regions of Italy. If you prefer, you can substitute the tuna for fresh salmon....