With most fruits and vegetables being off the menu during the strict elimination phase of the RPAH Elimination Diet, sides become a challenge. Actually, boring is probably more accurate here, since it’s a rotation of brussels sprouts or green beans. So discovering this Pear and Bean Salad in the Friendly Food Cookbook is a very welcomed and flavorful change.
I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical of the combination of beans, green beans, and pears. And I was more than a little nervous about the dressing, having never had citric acid in food before (I have it in the house for bath bomb making). All of that fell to the wayside when I took the first bite.
The explosion of flavors and textures were just delightful. And to enjoy beans again! My mouth and heart and belly were oh, so happy.
Speaking of beans, you can use whatever beans you like, have on hand, and/or tolerate! I’ve used chickpeas instead of the pinto beans, and plan on trying it again with white beans of some kind. I’ve also added a sprinkle of poppy seeds for some texture and they have also been a fun addition (minus the fact that they get stuck in my teeth ?).
(Can you tell I like this recipe?)
Tl:dr don’t be afraid and MAKE THIS RECIPE so that you can enjoy it with all of your favorite dishes.
Pear + Bean Salad
Looking for an easy (and delicious) side to break up the monotony of the same old same old? This Pear + Bean Salad is just the ticket. Fresh, flavorful, and extremely easy to make, you’re taste buds will thank you.
Combine the pears, beans, green beans, green onions, and green beans in a medium sized bowl and mix together gently.
For the dressing: combine oil, citric acid, sugar, salt, garlic, and water in a measuring cup or small bowl and stir to combine.
Pour the dressing over the pear and bean mixture and stir to combine.
Chill for 1 hour before serving for best results.
*Be careful which canned pears you use, as some are packaged in high fructose corn syrup and other unsafe ingredients. I use Del Monte Light Pears that are packed in water and sugar.
This recipe is safe for the strict elimination phase of the RPAH Elimination Diet and is also FAILSAFE friendly, gluten free, dairy free, and low salicylate.