It doesn’t feel quite like June yet. The weather can’t seem to make up its mind at all. We had a few really warm, gorgeous days full of sunshine and then June Gloom set in, the heavens opened and it constantly rained (which I don’t actually mind at all). This has left me craving warm, comforting turmeric lattes one day and then fresh, raw salads the next. It’s a good mix but sometimes a little confusing. I do feel myself being drawn to making lots of summer vibing food in the hope that it will coax the season into sticking around for a while. Bring on the raw fruits and vegetables mixed with fresh herbs!!
This salad is a one-bowl wonder come summer time. It’s filled with brightness and the magic of fresh herbs (which I think are always sadly underrated!). Make this for a picnic, as a filling side salad or, as pictured here, have it on top of some toast with tahini drizzled over it as a late breakfast/early lunch situation.
I’ve used mint and dill in this recipe as they both evoke a fresh, sunny feel for me with their cooling flavours. Fresh herbs work amazingly here but you could definitely substitute in some dried if that’s what you have on hand, I’ve done this before and the result still tastes good!
It’s definitely not the prettiest or most photogenic salad out there but it makes up for its rough appearance by tasting great. There’s nothing fancy here just fresh, well-chosen ingredients that work well together in a simple salad.
Spinach & Butter Bean Salad with Mint & Dill
2 generous handfuls spinach, rinsed & roughly torn
1 can cooked butter beans, rinsed well
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
a few sprigs each of fresh mint and dill, finely chopped (I would start out with 1tsp (level) each and add more if desired, if using dried do the same)
lemon juice, 1tbsp
raw apple cider vinegar, 1tbsp
olive oil, 1tbsp
salt & pepper, to taste
In a large bowl, add the butter beans and roughly mash with a fork. You don’t want to break them down completely, just slightly. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until everything is covered evenly.