Monday, December 16, 2013

1 cup fresh baby lima beans (from about 1 1/2 pounds in the pod) or other shelling bean (such as edamame)
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
Sea salt
1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (raw, from 2 ears)
2 nectarines, cut into thin wedges
1 Hass avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large orange bell pepper, finely julienned
1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro

1.  In a small saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the lima beans until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the beans and rinse under cold water.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk the lime zest and juice with the olive oil, scallion, jalapeño and shallot; season the dressing with salt. Gently fold in the lima beans, corn, nectarines, avocado, orange pepper and tomatoes. Refrigerate the “ceviche” for at least 2 hours. Fold in the cilantro just before serving and serve the “ceviche” chilled.

MAKE AHEAD The salad can be refrigerated for up to 8 hours and eaten over the course of a week! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Beet & Citrus Salad

Yield: 8 to 10 servings * Hands-on: 30 minutes * Total: 2.5 hrs
3 medium-size fresh beets
3 Ruby Red grapefruit
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cups loosely packed arugula
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Trim beet stems to 1 inch; gently wash beets, and place in an 8-inch square pan. Add 1/4 cup water, and cover with aluminum foil. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes or until tender. Uncover and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

2. Cut a 1/4-inch-thick slice from each end of grapefruit using a sharp, thin-bladed knife. Place, flat ends down, on a cutting board, and remove peel in strips, cutting from top to bottom following the curvature of fruit. Remove any remaining bitter white pith. Holding peeled grapefruit over a bowl, slice between membranes, and gently remove whole segments. Reserve 1/4 cup juice.

3. Whisk together olive oil, next 4 ingredients, and reserved 1/4 cup grapefruit juice in a bowl.

4. Peel beets, and slice into wedges. Arrange arugula on a large platter; top with grapefruit and beets. Drizzle with vinaigrette; sprinkle with pistachios. Add salt and pepper to taste.

From Southern Living December 2013 Magazine.