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(Updated 7/2019) I know that it’s freezing cold everywhere. And we just got snow this week (what?) in Japan. And it’s really truly soup season. But it’s also still January, so salads are most definitely a thing. And sometimes you just can’t stop eating avocados. Especially in this Bacon Avocado White Bean Salad.
Yes, I’m a self-proclaimed bacon hater, and there’s bacon in my salad. I promise I don’t actually hate it anymore. I don’t love it, but I have a few places where I like to put it. Loaded Cauliflower Casserole, for one. And the occasional pasta dish.
Other delicious bacon recipes:
- Creamy Italian White Beans and Bacon
- Creamy Celery Soup with Bacon (Paleo)
- Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash, Bacon, & Kale Pasta
- Loaded Cauliflower Casserole with Swiss Chard and Bacon
This recipe makes about 3-4 servings, largely depending on whether you like to add a lot of salad greens, and if you’re eating it alone or with something else.
Below is exactly how much it made. Zac & I each ate a serving for lunch, and shared the last bit for lunch another day with Turkey Lentil Burgers.
I HIGHLY recommend this salad! It’s such a perfect light meal for the January blues. I’ve personally been binging on Japanese snacks lately, since we’re leaving Japan soon, so this lunch provides balance. I hope you make it!
Is Bacon Good For You?
Well, isn’t that a question for the ages? We’ve long been complaining about saturated fat in this country, but most of those judgments were based on ONE poorly done study.
Realistically, more recent research has found that saturated fat in and of itself is definitely not explicitly bad for you. What matters more is the quality of the fat. CAFOs = very unhealthy fat. Small farms with pastured, grass-fed animals = healthy fat!
What are Healthy Fats?
In my first ever nutrition class back in 2013, we were taught that monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats were “healthy,” but nowadays we know that relatively unprocessed fats from whole foods are considered healthy.
Typically, we think of olive oil, avocados, and wild salmon as great sources of non-controversial “healthy” fats, but pastured meat and dairy products (especially butter) are known to have excellent omega-3 to omega-6 ratios. (A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef.)
Plus, we know that humans have probably been consuming large amounts of unprocessed fats for much of our lives, so high quality animal fats can be a great part of a balanced diet.
In short, that means high quality bacon can be considered a healthy fat as part of a balanced diet.
If you’re buying regular conventional bacon from the grocery store, you’re going to get all the toxins and oxidation that goes along with conventionally raised meat in the USA.
However, if you’re buying high quality bacon from small farms like Polyface, or using a grass-fed meat subscription service like Moink, you can definitely enjoy the bacon! (That link to Moink gets you $20 off your first order!)
And, just to be clear, bacon is certainly not the healthiest option for fat or protein – the jury’s still out on all the nitrates and nitrites – but as for my professional opinion, I feel completely comfortable including it in my diet!
More information: Check out this post by Precision Nutrition.
And, if you’re looking for more information on beans – are they healthy, are they inflammatory, and how to cook them to make them easily digestible – stay tuned for an update coming soon!
Note: Feel free to add herbs like cilantro or basil, and you can substitute the white beans for garbanzo beans if you prefer! We were also making Jalapeño Salsa Verde Soup (original stovetop version by Pinch of Yum), so we had plenty of white beans.
For Paleo: Try substituting the white beans for slow-roasted cauliflower.
For Vegetarian: Skip the bacon. (Try Shiitake Bacon by Serious Eats instead.)
Inspired by: Avocados From Peru
- 1/2 red onion
- 1.5 cups cooked white beans (from 1/2 cup dry) – or 1 can white beans (any type)
- 1 large tomato
- 2 slices bacon
- 1 medium avocado
- 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar (or any)
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard (any)
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- pinch of salt
- fresh ground pepper (I did about 3 turns)
- optional: 4-8 cups salad greens
- Mince the red onion and place it in a shallow bowl. Cover with water and soak for 5-10 minutes. This softens the onion and makes it less potent! (A little trick we learned in Peru.) Drain before using.
- Cook bacon according to your preference. Drain the grease and then roughly chop the bacon into pieces. Cut the avocado into bite-sized chunks, and dice the tomato.
- Add the dressing ingredients (vinegar, mustard, honey, olive oil, salt, pepper) to a jar and cover with a lid. Shake well! (Or whisk together in a bowl or blender.)
- In a large bowl, stir together the white beans, red onion (drained), tomato, and bacon. Stir well. Add the chunks of avocado and stir gently, without mashing the avocado.
- Add the dressing and stir to coat. Serve as is, or over salad greens. (I like mizuna and arugula.)
- This makes 4 smallish servings, but when mixed with salad greens it easily serves 4!
To cook beans from dry: Soak 1/2 cup white beans overnight. Drain and rinse, then place in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a LOW simmer. Simmer for about 30-45 minutes, or until beans are soft but not mushy.
Feel free to add herbs like cilantro or basil, and you can substitute the white beans for garbanzo beans if you prefer!