Be good to yo’self: Butter Bean & Pesto warm salad

Last week I shared my most favourite treat yo’self recipe: Doughnut French Toast and whilst it is delicious I have decided to share a healthier option for this week’s food post to bring a little balance into our lives.  It is once again from the Queen of all things nourishing-Deliciously Ella and is from her lastest book Every Day.  I seriously have not been able to put this book down. So many of you loved her last recipe that I reviewed: Pasta Arrabbiata so I had to share another!

Let’s get to it. I chose this warm salad because it is perfect for Spring. All I want to do at the moment is eat lovely, colourful salads but it is still a little too cold out there to enjoy them properly. Warm salads are the perfect Spring solution! It is warming and every bite is packed full of different flavours. I ate this alone so I divided the quantities below in half! I can’t stress how quick and easy this is. A new firm favourite that I will be cooking again tonight!

To cook this for two, you will need:

For the pesto-

100g of pine nuts/50g fresh basil leaves/ 5 tablespoons of olive oil/2 cloves of garlic/1 lemon/ salt and pepper

For the warm salad-

a handful of pumpkin seeds/800g butter beans/200g spinach/ 60g pomegranate seeds/coconut oil/lemon

You need to make the pesto first. Please don’t use shop bought as many are not suitable for vegetarians and I much prefer to know exactly what has gone in it. It is also bloody tasty.

1. Peel your garlic and put all the pesto ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Look at all the colour! So amazing. Leave this to one side for just a second.

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I think Basil green may just be one of my favourite colours!

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2. Drain and rinse your beans and sling them into a frying pan with a little coconut oil.

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3. Add your spinach and pesto and fry until all is warm and lovely. This should only take a couple of minutes. Ella puts more lemon on the beans here but I find it too much with all the lemon in the pesto too. Add if you wish but I prefer not to.

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4. Put into a bowl and sprinkle your pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seed on top!

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There you have it, a delicious warming bowl of salad that is perfect for our sunny but still really cold days. It takes no more than 10 minutes to cook and is all ingredients I had in my cupboards and fridge.

Let me know if you give it a go, it really means a lot!





  1. tracey bird
    March 25, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Looking forward to it next week ! :) xx

  2. April 4, 2016 / 9:07 am

    This looks so good, I love how there’s butter beans in here as well because I feel like you don’t see too many recipes with those, even though they’re delicious! I’m such a fan of pesto (or anything with garlic) so I bet I’d love this.

    • April 4, 2016 / 11:31 am

      I just love a butter bean! Let me know if you do give it a go! Don’t forget the pomegranates! They finish the dish off.
      Sophie xx

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