Salad of Lima Beans, Cured Ham & Mint

March/April 1997

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Cooking the lima beans with mint, chiles and sun-dried tomatoes infuses them with flavor. A bit of prosciutto, crunchy lettuce and a tangy sherry vinaigrette makes it a great dish to serve as part of a tapas spread.

Salad of Lima Beans, Cured Ham & Mint

Makes: 8 servings, 1 cup each

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  • 2 sprigs fresh mint, plus 3 tablespoons slivered leaves
  • 2 dried red chiles
  • 2 sun-dried tomatoes, (not oil-packed)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen baby lima beans
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, trimmed and cut into julienne strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Drop in mint sprigs, chiles and sun-dried tomatoes; season with salt. Add lima beans and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let the beans cool in the liquid.
  2. Whisk together vinegar, oil and mustard in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain lima beans, discarding mint sprigs, chiles and tomatoes. Place beans in a large bowl. Just before serving, add lettuce, prosciutto, scallions and slivered mint. Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve at room temperature.


Per serving: 164 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 8 g protein; 5 g fiber; 283 mg sodium; 407 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (36% daily value), Vitamin C (23% dv), Fiber (20% dv), Folate (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 very lean meat, 1 fat

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