Summer Vegetable Salad

September 30, 2013

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Summatime, summatime, sum sum summatime. As the days grow shorter, so does our time left with summer produce.

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Lovely tomatoes. Fresh okra. Crisp green beans. Peppers that bite.

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They all come together in this salad that is as healthy as it is delicious.

The star of the show is fresh lima beans I picked up from our farmer’s market. Pot Luck Farm got me hooked on theirs. Since they are fresh, they don’t need to be soaked – just boil slowly for about 30 minutes and you have perfectly tender beans. If you aren’t so lucky to find fresh limas, you can definitely use canned or frozen. You could also swap in any kind of bean you like!

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I boiled my limas as directed and added my green beans in the last 3 minutes to give them a quick blanch.

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Meanwhile, my okra roasted in the oven after tossing with smoked paprika, salt and olive oil

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I chopped up the tomatoes and some cilantro and made a dressing to pull the dish together.

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This is my classic honey mustard dressing – equal parts honey, lemon, olive oil and mustard plus garlic and salt for flavor.

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Summer Vegetable Salad

by Kath Younger

Keywords: bake entree salad side vegetarian beans tomato okra

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 3-4 cups whole okra
  • 3 cups fresh green beans
  • 3 large or 5 small heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 cups fresh lima beans or other beans
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

Bring a big pot of water to boil and cook your lima beans until they are tender, about 30 minutes.

Add green beans in last few minutes of cooking. (If you are not cooking your limas from scratch, you can just cook the green beans on their own.)

Preheat oven to 350* and roast okra tossed in olive oil and paprika until tender, about 30 minutes.

Chop tomatoes and peppers into bite size pieces.

Shake dressing ingredients together in a jar.

Trim okra stems off after baking.

Toss everything together in a large bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro.

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1 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

Looks delicious! A great last hurrah for summer veggies :)

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2 Olivia at ohmy Olivia September 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

This sounds amazing with all the beans! xo

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3 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

Our neck of the woods has already shifted over to the Fall stuff at least farmers market wise. That’s the advantage for you, slightly warmer climate! Looks yummy!

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4 Farah @ Fabulously Farah September 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

YUM! These are my favorite kind of salads. Packed full of veggies. I am seriously lamenting the loss of summer….warm weather, tank tops, sandals, and fresh produce. So sad.

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5 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 30, 2013 at 10:03 am

I’m already missing summer produce. Fall produce is yummy, but nowhere near as delicious as the summer stuff. The dressing in this salad looks bright and delicious. MMM :).

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6 Cait's Plate September 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

I still have never figured out a good way to enjoy okra! Maybe this one is the winner?? Looks delicious :)

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7 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac September 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

I am so not ready for summer produce to disappear!!! Excited to try your honey mustard recipe!! I love honey mustard, but don’t buy it at the store – excited to see I have all the ingredients in my pantry to make it at home!

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8 Lindsey a radical, ravenous vegan September 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

This looks so good! I have to admit I’m a little afraid of okra though. I’ve never had it before, and I’ve heard rumors of sliminess. Does roasting eliminate this, or is the slime just an attribute of okra? Gotta love those limas though ;)

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9 KathEats September 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm

You just gotta embrace the slime. :)

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10 Paula September 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

If you eat it raw, it’s not slimy. And it’s very good. I eat fresh from the garden raw so I am not sure about okra that has been picked for awhile. It may not be as crisp.

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11 Katherine September 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm
12 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Yum! This looks great! And while I welcome fall with open arms, I’m already missing the oh so sweet fresh summer produce!

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13 Chelsea @ TableForOne September 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

How tasty! Non traditional summer salads are my favorite and this one is sure to highlight all of my favorites. Don’t even get me started on that dressing…delicious :)

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14 Shel@PeachyPalate September 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Haven’t managed to find okra here anywhere!!! Are they kind of like baby zucchini inside or totally unique?

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15 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Ah I LOVE okra and didn’t cook any this summer! I really should try and find some!

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16 Nicole September 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm

That okra looks so amazing. Yum.

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17 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon September 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Beautiful salad! I have also never tried okra… shame on me :) Glad you are getting in the rest of your summer produce! A garden update would be fun in the next few weeks if you guys have time- would love to see what’s holding up with a bit cooler weather!

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18 Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties September 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm

This looks awesome- and super easy! Thanks for the recipe :)

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19 Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

this looks so refreshing & reminded me i want to roast some okra really soon!

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20 Simply-VA September 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I’m already missing heirloom tomatoes. They’re disappearing from the store faster than I can create meals from them!

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21 Emily - It Comes Naturally Blog October 1, 2013 at 6:23 am

I’d never thought to roast okra until I came across your blog. Now I love them dipped in egg white and polenta to make chips – thank you for the inspiration!

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22 Alex @ Kenzie Life October 1, 2013 at 7:49 am

That homemade honey mustard looks so good! I’m definitely going to try that!

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23 chris October 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

This looks so good and ever since I moved to the South, I’m always wondering what to do with okra. Now, I’m off to find some “smoked” paprika! Welcome home btw

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24 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna October 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I’ve never cooked with okra (actually, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten okra for that matter…) and totally thought that was a bowl full of jalapenos ;)

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25 Michelle @ Esculent Dreams October 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

You may have just pushed me to try raw okra… like others, I’m just not a fan of the slime! ;)

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26 Neil Butterfield November 8, 2013 at 3:19 am

That mustard sounds divine. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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