Bean salad with balsamic vinaigrette

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Dietitian's tip: Garbanzos — also known as chickpeas — and black beans are an excellent source of soluble fiber, the type of fiber that can help control blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Serves 6


For the vinaigrette

o    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


o    1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped


o    4 garlic cloves, finely chopped


o    Ground black pepper, to taste


o    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

o    1 can (15 ounces) garbanzos, rinsed and drained


o    1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained


o    1 medium red onion, diced


o    6 lettuce leaves


o    1/2 cup celery, finely chopped