Tart Summer Succotash

by Jackie FogartieJune 15, 2016

Now that summer is unofficially here, I’m all about the summertime recipes. Some of my favorite ways to entertain at home are to fire up the grill and offer some simple side dishes. This Tart Summer Succotash is a perfect addition to any patio meal!

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Lima beans used to be item non-grata when I was a kid, but ever since I created this recipe I can’t get enough of them! My summer “succotash” recipe uses lots of lemon juice and red wine vinegar, hence the “tart” in the title. There are plenty of bean salad recipes out there that add honey to give it a sweetness, but I prefer the tart citrus flavor. This bean salad is healthy, filling and has tons of protein, plus it goes well with anything! It’s a win-win. Here’s the no-fuss recipe:

Tart Summer Succotash (Lima Bean Summer Salad)

Serves 8 as a side dish

  • 2 cans lima beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cans whole kernel corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can green beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained and rinse)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1-2 avocados – diced into cubes (The avocado should be pretty hard, not too ripe or it will be too soft)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar (more to taste)
  • Juice from 1-3 lemons (depending on how tart you like it!)
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

Note: Play with the flavors until you are satisfied. You may need to add additional spices once the salad has been refrigerated overnight.

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Directions: Drain and rinse all canned vegetables. Chop tomatoes and dice avocado. Gently mix together with olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and spices to taste. Best if chilled and marinated overnight.

Get your lima bean on this summer and whip up this tart, tasty salad! Enjoy!

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About The Author
Jackie Fogartie
Jackie Fogartie (often known as Jackie Fo) is a NJ born, NC living event planner and freelance writer/blogger. Five plus years ago, Jackie started an events and wedding planning business based in Charlotte, North Carolina called Jackie Fogartie Events handling events of all sizes from intimate baby showers to large weddings. In addition to making events go off without a hitch, Jackie writes a blog covering all things food, cocktail and party. She has also written for brands such as General Mills, Aladdin insulated mason jars and Proctor & Gamble. You can often find her staying true to her NJ Italian roots by eating big bowls of pasta and drinking copious amounts of red wine. Cheers!