Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

Lima Bean Salad

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Lima beans are almost always on the menu when you visit a traditional Gullah or Low Country soul food restaurant. They've usually been slow-cooked for hours with a smoked turkey leg or ham hock. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of that way of cooking them, so this salad is my favorite way to serve lima beans. I love the tangy vinaigrette and the colorful crunchy vegetables added to the beans. This is another one of those recipes that gets better the longer it sits in the fridge.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Salad:

Vinaigrette:

Directions

  1. For the salad: Combine the lima beans, broth and bacon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the lima beans are tender and cooked through, adding the corn during the last 2 minutes of cooking, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and discard the bacon and drain the beans and corn. Set aside to come to room temperature.
  2. Make the vinaigrette: Sprinkle the garlic with about 1/4 teaspoon salt. Use the flat side of a chef's knife to press down on the garlic and drag it across the cutting board. Keep mincing, pressing and dragging the garlic until it forms a paste. Place the garlic paste in a large bowl. Add the vinegar, honey and celery seeds. Gradually whisk in the oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the lima beans and corn, tomatoes, peppers and onions and toss until combined. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve at room temperature.

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