Butter Bean Salad with Lime and Mint
© Fredrika Stjärne

Butter Bean Salad with Lime and Mint

  • ACTIVE: 45 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HR 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8

The secret to this delicate and refreshing butter bean salad is the dressing, made with cold, tangy buttermilk, olive oil and lime juice. The Lees call it "the flavors of a Southern summer."

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Ingredients

  1. 6 cups fresh butter beans or three 10-ounce boxes frozen baby lima beans
  2. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  4. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  5. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1 cup chopped mint
  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the butter beans and cook until they are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse the beans under cold running water. Drain well and pat the beans dry.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the lime juice and buttermilk; season the dressing with salt and pepper. Add the beans, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Fold in the mint before serving.
Make Ahead
The butter bean salad can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Add the chopped mint just before serving.

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