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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Lemon-Mint Snap Peas with Lima Beans or Edamame

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I was asked to bring a salad to a cold buffet last week. Knowing that winter salads won't please everyone, I decided to make one that was fresh and green and to my own liking. I didn't expect all of it to be eaten and had hoped for leftovers to bring home for my own table. As it happened, I was surprised and disappointed. The salad was actually well received and there were no leftovers to bring home. The recipe for it originally appeared in Eating Well magazine and it's one I make several times a year. I love the play of mint against the crunchy texture of the crisp peas and beans. It really does refresh the palate. This is very easy to assemble and if you need another salad for your roster, you might want to give this one a try. Its color is perfect for a holiday table. Here's how it is made.

Lemon-Mint Snap Peas with Lima Beans or Edamame...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Eating Well magazine

1 small shallot, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
10 ounces frozen baby lima beans or edamame, thawed
Optional: Sea Salt for garnish

1) Whisk shallot, oil, lemon juice, mint, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
2) Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Steam snap peas and lima beans (or edamame) until peas are crisp-tender and beans are heated through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Toss with the vinaigrette. Chill. Serve cold or at room temperature. Sprinkle with sea salt just before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

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Jennifer said...

ooh wow Mary! simply beautiful! i would love to make this! =)

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Kelly said...

That is awesome that you made a salad that was such a runaway hit. And it looks like it is with good reason, the flavors sound delicious and well balanced.

Dr.Sameena Prathap


The sald looks so inviting and loaded with beautiful flavours...:)


Jeannie said...

Love the colours of this salad and I love edamame beans, mixed with lemon mint snap peas I can imagine the taste must be really refreshing and tasty!

Lyndsey said...

What a perfect dish. I like how you were happy it was well received and yet disappointed that it was gone! I would love this salad, and hey...I have some fresh mint growing in my garden! Perfect!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Mary, this look so beautiful and I bet it taste good and healthy too. Wishing a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all at home.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Looks bright and healthy! I love lima beans, but are only able to get the frozen version. Thanks for sharing Mary!

Skip to Malou said...

i love the way it looks... this salad is refreshing during this party laden season.
merry christmas mary!

Ginny said...

I don't think I have ever tasted fresh mint, except in tea. That would be a good crisp, fresh combination. I commented very late on youe last post, hope you saw it.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

A very good salad truly!!
Love the vibrant colors and the deliciously delightful dressing!
Happy hols with love!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Sounds more like an Aussie summer salad than a northern winter one!! Perfect for me! Thanx again for your visits to, and encouraging comments on my blog this year, AND ... all the fab recipes, of course!!

Happy travels!!

Katerina said...

Very beautiful salad Mary. It is ideal for a bouffet gathering where you need easy to assemble, well-received dishes.

Alessandra said...

This looks like the perfect salad for me Mary, and I love edamame :-)

Priya said...

Simply yummy..fabulous and catchy salad..

Big Dude said...

Mary - your dishes are always so creative. I'm going to have to give edamame a try. Have a Merry Christmas.

Michael Toa said...

All the beans I love in one bowl. The dressing must be so refreshing. yum. Have a great day. Michael

Jenn said...

I love the green's a beautiful dish!! I bet it tastes wonderful.

Cathy said...

This would be beautiful on my buffet table tomorrow. The lemon and mint would really brighten up the veggies.

Happiest holiday wishes to you and your family, Mary.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I would have been disappointed by the lack of leftovers too! I love the combination of lemon and mint. What a great winter salad Mary!


Hey Mary! This is a gorgeous and healthy dish!

Maria said...

Love this side dish! Happy Holidays Mary!

Pam said...

Very colorful and good Mary! Here's wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Sushma Mallya said...

Very healthy and delicious dish, looks fresh...and merry xmas to you and your family mary,take care and enjoy...

StephenC said...

Another home run, Mary. I've bookmarked this for sometime very soon.

Pondside said...

My daughter introduced me to edamame beans and we all like them now. This does look like a refreshing salad - love the mint!

Kate said...

Yum...looks amazing and totally healthy!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious greens looks wonderful
happy holidays

PeggyR said...

Looks like another wonderful recipe! Have a blessed holiday.

Anna A. said...

I love the green-mint-lemony combination you got going on here. If I was at this party, I would no doubt be scooping up huge heaps of this salad. Thanks for the recipe - I will have to make this soon!

Lynda said...

Looks delicious Mary; I can see why there was none left.
I hope you and your family have a very happy and blessed Christmas!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi :)
tantissimi auguri di Felice Natale a te e alla tua famiglia.

Mariana said...

Look´s greats this salad, Mary.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and for your family. kisses.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Mary
Very nice recipe ..but I dont think I will get all the ingredients here in Dehli..
I will be travelling to SundarBan, and will miss many postings..
Merry Christmas and wish you a very Happy New year...

Joanne said...

I bet a fresh flavored salad like this was such a nice palate pleaser among the heavier buffet fare. I always like to see something green on the table!

hobby baker said...

Mmmmm, it looks so refreshing and crispy and so wonderfully NOT sweet. I get kind of sweeted out this time of year making tons of goodies for everyone. This salad looks wonderful, I'd probably eat it all on my own for lunch!

Mary said...

Wow! This is gorgeous... loving all the green!

Delightful Bitefuls


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God Bless You :-)


bunny The Paris House said...

Love the color and mostly the healthy ingredients...I actually have been craving healthy food this holiday season and trying to eat food that gives me energy and not too much sugar...this is perfect and I will file it away on my computer and definitely make this.
Have a very Merry Christmas

Linda Starr said...

The addition of the lemon and mint sounds delicious, funny how a few ingredients can make a world of difference.

Bella said...

Hi Mary,
Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas! Thanks for all your inspiration this year. Hope your holidays are happy.

Lisa said...

You had me at edamame. Delish. Will be making this soon! Thanks. :)

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