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Humble limas are transformed into a sensational Mediterranean spread that is vibrant with a mix of fresh herbs and spices. You can substitute frozen edamame beans for the limas in Step 1; cook according to package directions.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2005




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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lima beans, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook until the beans are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool in the liquid.

  • Drain the beans and garlic. Transfer to a food processor. Add oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper; process until smooth. Scrape into a bowl, stir in mint, cilantro and dill.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

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Nutrition Facts

1 tablespoon
25 calories; protein 0.8g; carbohydrates 2.6g; dietary fiber 0.7g; sugars 0.2g; fat 1.2g; saturated fat 0.2g; vitamin a iu 48.8IU; vitamin c 2.8mg; folate 4.3mcg; calcium 5mg; iron 0.2mg; magnesium 4.9mg; potassium 61.4mg; sodium 55.6mg.

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