Orecchiette and Vallarta Bean Salad

orecchiette and vallarta bean salad

serves: 10
cost per serving: $3.00

2 c. dried vallarta beans
9 oz. orecchiette pasta
4 shallots
4 tsp. dijon mustard
5 cloves garlic
¼-½ c. olive oil
2 tbs. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 cara cara orange
¼ pint salt cured black olives
½ bunch parsley
1 yellow bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
4 celery stalks
flax seed oil
sunflower seeds
smoked paprika
chevre goat cheese (optional)

rinse and soak beans overnight. strain, rinse, and add to a large pot of boiling water with a little salt and 4 cloves garlic. chop shallots in to a decent sized dice. add olive oil, mustard, red and white wine vinegar, 1 clove pressed garlic. whisk together. remove pits from olive, chop. rinse parsley and remove leaves from stems, chop. zest and juice orange, add to mix. dice bell pepper and celery a little larger than the shallot. mix everything together, let sit in the fridge. when beans are soft, strain and put in fridge to cool. cook pasta in boiling water for 14 minutes. strain. toss everything together with sunflower seeds, flax oil, and smoked paprika. you could also add goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and/or carrots.

Rancho Gordo heirloom vallarta beans

diced shallots

olive oil, mustard, red and white wine vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper

whisk together

salt cured black olives

remove pits

add chopped olives

italian flat leaf parsley

cara cara orange

add juice and zest


dice bell peppers

diced bell peppers

diced celery

mix everything together, let sit in the fridge

cook pasta for 14 minutes in boiling water

nutritional value of ingredients:

vallarta beans:
help to reduce blood cholesterol. control insulin and blood sugar. lowers blood pressure, regulates colon function. prevents constipation.

fights infection. antibiotic. keeps blood vessels free of clots. relaxes bronchial muscle. contains the potent anticancer bioflavonoid quercetin, which is not destroyed by cooking. helps to remove heavy metals and parasites from the gastrointestinal tract. cleanses the system of urea and sodium. prevents tooth decay.

stimulates the appetite. promotes digestion. rids the blood of excess impurities

olive oil, black olives:
easily digested, imparts a generally soothing and healing influence to the digestive tract. beneficial for the gallbladder and liver. strengthens and develops body tissue and bones. a general tonic for the nerves.

cara cara orange:
a cross between a grapefruit and an orange. daily consumption will aid in toning and purifying the entire system. aids in digestion. the zest helps relieve intestinal gas, pain, swelling, and constipation. it also aids in  decongesting the lungs.

facilitates oxygen metabolism. cleanses the blood. dissolves sticky deposits in the veins. maintains elasticity of blood vessels. helps to remove kidney stones and gall stones. stimulates adrenal sections.

bell pepper:
high in vitamin C. antioxidant. anticancer.

blood cleanser. reduces blood pressure. enhances blood flow. cancer preventative. strongly alkaline. aids in digestion. nourishes blood cells. eliminates accumulated waste. good souce of vitamin A.

flax seed oil:
enriches the blood. strengthens the nerves. stimulates respiratory system. improves digestion. good source of omega-3 fatty acids. soothes the intestinal wall. inhibits tumor production. helps to maintain the integrity of cell walls.

sunflower seeds:
nourishes the entire body, supplying it with many elements needed for growth and repair. a rich source of protein, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, and the B complex vitamins. contains pectin which binds radioactive residues and removes them from the body. good for the teeth.

helps to stimulate the body so that it may properly start the healing and cleansing process. normalizes blood pressure. improves the entire circulatory system. boosts secretion of saliva and stomach acids. feeds the cell structure of the arteries, veins, and capillaries so they regains elasticity.

contains as many as fifty different nutrients, amino acids, and trace elements. aids in purifying the blood.

rids the body of carbon dioxide. aids in digestion. balances body’s acid-alkaline level. stimulates the liver. critical for preserving the serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. vital for sleep regulation and bone structure.

aids in digestion and relieves gas. anti-inflammatory. protects the liver. antioxidant and antibacterial.


One response

  1. I really love Rancho Gordo. They are an awesome farm in Northern California that specializes in heirloom bean varieties. This is not only a delicious practice, but good for the environment as well.

    “Rancho Gordo farm founder Steve Sando is at the forefront of the current seed-saving movement, selling his exquisite heirloom dried beans to passionate followers.”
    -Food + Wine Magazine, January 2008

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s