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500 Calorie Vegan Spicy Bean Salad (Intermittent Fasting-Friendly!)


500 calorie spicy vegan bean salad

Are you, along with many others, on a January ‘health kick’? Or maybe (like me) you’re trying out the 5:2 diet (reduced eating on 2 days out of 7, unrestricted eating on the other 5) and looking for inspiration for those 500 calorie days? Look no further, here is a super quick (10 minute!) raw vegan bean salad, which is super fresh and healthy. Don’t let the name deceive you though, it’s anything but boring! It tastes just like your favorite fajita filling, but without the carb-slump. The great thing about this recipe being raw is that the serving is huge, and you’ll definitely be getting in your daily serving of veggies, as well as a high protein content for good measure.

500 Calorie Spicy Bean Salad


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time:
Total time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can sweetcorn
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 large handfuls kale
  • Handful cilantro
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • half fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder


1. Drain the tins of beans and sweetcorn.
2. Wash and chop the carrots, pepper, kale, cilantro and spring onions.
3. Dice the onion.
4. Mix all prepared ingredients together into a bowl.
5. For the dressing: juice the 1/2 lemon, and mix together with the olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
6. Add the cumin, chilli powder, paprika and salt and pepper to the dressing. Mix well.
7. Pour the dressing over the salad. Garnish with extra cilantro. Enjoy!

Optional extra: For that ‘cheesy’ flavour, add a little sprinkle of nutritional yeast!

Also by Kirstie: Candy Beet, Kohlrabi & Pomegranate Salad

Vegan Chickpea Pancakes With Tahini Dressing

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Dr. Kirstie Fleetwood

Dr. Kirstie Fleetwood

Kirstie is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist as well as a yoga teacher. She’s passionate about helping people connect to their bodies instead of living in their heads. Kirstie left London, UK a few years ago to travel, work and volunteer around the world, spending time in countries such as India, Nepal, Ecuador and Uganda. She’s currently based in Kenya. Outside of work, you can find Kirstie by the sea, or on a one woman mission to find the best vegan cake. You can follow more of her adventures in yoga, fitness, psychology and vegan food on instagram at @neverseenherbivore and @toughlovecollective.
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