Do you go to the farmer's market over the weekend? We love going on Saturday mornings. The kids get to eat popsicles and crepes, and I get to peruse the stalls and pick out beautiful produce, fresh flowers, good meats, eggs, cheese… it's pretty much my favorite time of the week. Oftentimes I have a plan of what to buy, and what I'm going to make with it. But I'm also a pretty bad impulse shopper, and sometimes I just can't help myself. Exhibit A: Lima beans. Or butter beans, if you're from the south.
Look, I know they have a bad reputation and some would put them in the "gross vegetable" category, but hear me out. When they're fresh, and when they're cooked and seasoned properly, they are one of my favorite veggies. They're creamy and buttery, and absolutely delicious.
So back to the farmer's market and impulse purchases. Between our weekly produce delivery, and our trips to the farmer's market, there's been no shortage of amazing food in our fridge this summer. I took that gorgeous produce and made a wonderful salad with it. Here's what's going on in there: roasted potatoes, okra, corn, lima beans, and onions, dressed with a lemon-rosemary vinaigrette. It's delicious hot and right out of the oven, it's great at room temperature, and it's wonderful served chilled over a bed of greens. What I'm saying here, is that it's just a really great dish!
I served this with my Peach Chutney and Goat Cheese Burgers, and it was a wonderful meal. And then I enjoyed the salad leftovers for lunch the next few days.
This is pretty infinitely adaptable as well: add some squash or zucchini, maybe sprinkle some goat cheese or feta over the top, add some fresh tomatoes at the end, mix up the veggies… the sky's the limit here.
Farmer's Market Roasted Vegetable Salad
adapted from Food and Wine (via Elly Says Opa)
- 2 lbs small potatoes, such as red-skinned, yukon gold, or fingerling
- 2 large fresh rosemary sprigs, plus 1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- kosher salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- 3/4 lb okra, tops and tips trimmed off
- 2 ears corn
- 2 cups fresh (rehydrated) lima beans, rinsed and picked through
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 shallot, finely minced
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Halve the potatoes lengthwise and toss with 2 tablespoons of oil, rosemary, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Add the okra to the pan, and stir to combine. Arrange the corn on the edge of the pan, and cook an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are well-browned and tender, and the okra is cooked through. When cool enough to handle, cut the corn off the cobs.
Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and the lima beans, and cook until the lima beans are fork-tender and soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, dijon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, remaining rosemary, and shallot. Add the roasted vegetables and lima beans, and toss well to coat with the dressing. Serve immediately, at room temperature, or chilled.