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2. Add the beans to the hot water and stir through for a further 2 mins and then drain. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and garlic and transfer to a bowl. Tip the lentil and bean mixture into the bowl and cover with foil for 3 mins just until the onions start to soften.
3. Add the feta cheese, tomatoes, fresh herbs and leave under the foil for a further few minutes while preparing the dressing. Combine the remaining oil, vinegar, honey and lemon juice and whisk with a fork and season. Dress the salad and serve immediately with crisp breads
Health benefits: Beans & Pulses
Beans and Pulses, or the umbrella term of legumes are often associated with cardio vascular health. As such they are an LDL bad cholesterol depressant. They may also be effective in managing blood pressure.
Legumes are also potent carriers of enzymes called protease inhibitors . Nutritionists and scientists have long hailed the health giving qualities of beans as a high-fibre foodstuff containing enzymes thought to offer protection against the damage caused to cells by free radicals, which can lead to cancer.