Winter Salad with Garlic Beans

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

Some people turn to comfort foods in winter. Hearty stews, pies and baked dishes. Me? I turn to salads. I need to be reminded of warmer, lighter days in the depths of winter. Nothing does that better (well, other than a rare warm sunny day) than the taste, colours and texture of a vibrant salad. Salads remind me that summer is only just around the corner, a few months away. That these cold nights and frosty mornings will soon subside.

I discovered this wonderful dressing a while back while having a read of one of my favourite blogs. Laura cooks with colour and vibrance and her creations are just gorgeous. This dressing reminds me of sunshine.

These garlic butter beans keep this salad hearty and have a creamy texture that pairs beautifully with the crunch from the fennel and carrot.


Winter Salad with Garlic Beans //


Winter Salad with Garlic Beans //


Winter Salad with Garlic Beans and Goji Dressing (v) (gf)


180g cooked quinoa
Handful spinach
1 carrot (grated)
¼ fennel

Garlic Beans
1 tin butter beans (drained and rinsed) – or 200g soaked and cooked
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Squeeze of ½ lemon

Find the Goji salad dressing recipe here


Get all your ingredients ready.

To make the garlic beans:
Add beans, oil, tahini, lemon juice and S+P into a bowl. Crush a garlic clove and add it in.
Use a fork to roughly mash the mix. Don’t over mash. You want to see some beans whole, and some squished.

Slice the fennel into small slithers, keeping fronds to scatter on top.

Arrange the quinoa, spinach, carrot in a bowl. Add the beans and drizzle with goji dressing.

Winter Salad with Garlic Beans //

Winter Salad with Garlic Beans //

Winter Salad with Garlic Beans //

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32 thoughts on “Winter Salad with Garlic Beans

  1. Gorgeous Sus! Love this sound of this salad. I hope you’re having a warm + cozy winter so far, dreaming of summer these days too. xx

  2. The word salad does not fill me with delight in the depths of winter gloom, but I have to say I’d be very happy to eat yours. I really like butter beans, but sadly CT seems to be allergic to them, so I haven’t had any in years. I’m off to find out about this goji dressing, cos it looks amazing.

  3. I am the soup and stew person! I do miss salads quite a bit but it’s so cold that I’m often persuaded to go the warmer route when it comes time to make food. Those garlicky beans sound so delicious, as does the fennel and everything else in your bowl! <3

    1. I expect Canada is a heck lot colder than the UK at the mo Gen? Soups tend to be our staple on a busy weeknight evening, and the salads on the weekend, just to remind us that the warm days will come back soon 🙂 xx

  4. This looks so delicious!! Your photos are so gorgeous, and I love the idea of garlic butter beans – yum!

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