Improvised Lunch: Asparagus-Bean Salad Over Arugula

We didn't make it to the store this weekend and had to scrounge a bit for something to eat at lunchtime yesterday.

We started with a can of cannelloni beans from our pantry, rummaged through the fridge for leftovers, and built up from there. It's not the most elegant looking meal, but this improvised Asparagus-Bean Salad wasn't half bad!

It's good to be forced to improvise every now and again. It breaks us out of the mold, making us try new combinations of ingredients and flavors!

We wouldn't have normally thought of cannelloni beans and asparagus, but the creaminess of the beans and the snap of the blanched asparagus worked well together.

The asparagus and arugula were both leftover from previous meals. We bound everything together with a quick homemade vinaigrette, added a (generous) dusting of pecorino, and we had a filling and healthy lunch.

And now we really need to get to the grocery store!

What's your favorite meal on-the-fly?

Asparagus-Bean Salad Over Arugula
Serves 1

1 can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup asparagus, blanched
1 handful arugula, washed and spun dry
A few tablespoons vinaigrette
A few tablespoons grated pecorino cheese

Combine beans, asparagus, and arugula in a bowl.

Toss with vinaigrette. Salt and pepper to taste.

Top with grated percorino and enjoy!

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(Images: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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