Here is a warm bean salad with fresh arugula and mint pesto. The salad is not only bright and refreshing but is something that can be a great source of protein for vegetarians. I decided to use small dried lima beans for this recipe but feel free to use any of your favorite beans. I had some fresh local jalapeno sheep’s milk cheese and offset that soft texture and spice with roasted candied pecans. The salad is really simply with clean flavors that can be served cold or warm, either way your guests will be happy. Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

1 1/2 cup of fresh white lima bean

5 cups of water

1 onion charred

1 sprig of thyme and bay leaf

2 garlic cloves

2 tsp of salt

1/4 cup of pistachio mint pesto

1 cup of mint leaves

2/3 cup of roasted pistachios

2 tbsp of parmesan

1 garlic clove

3/4-1 cup of olive oil

6 oz of arugula

3 radishes julienne

1 cup of candied pecans see recipe

3 oz of jalapeno sheep’s milk cheese

Green garlic oil see recipe

Mint Pesto,

Place all of the ingredients except for the oil in a food processor. Turn on and puree, while the processor is still on slowly add the olive oil. Stop and scrap the sides if need by, season with salt and pepper once all the oil has been added. Pour out into a bowl and set aside for later.

For the Beans,

Soak beans in cold water for at least an hour if possible. Strain off the beans and place In medium pot place b with with charred onion, garlic, and herbs on medium high heat. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a light simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes and then add the salt (if you add the salt at the beginning it makes the beans tougher so it will take long to cook) continue cooking for a total of 45-1 hr or so minutes until the beans are tender and cook through. Set aside to cool.

To Finish,

Strain the beans out of the water but save the water for another application. Place 2 cups of beans in small saute pan and add 3 tbsp of mint pesto. Season with salt and pepper and just warm the bean on low heat. Meanwhile in a mixing bowl add arugula, radish, and pecans. Add 1 tsp of mint pesto and 1 tbsp of olive oil, mix well and season with salt. Place 2 spoonful of beans in the bottom of the bowl. Then take some of the jalapeno cheese and crumble on top of the beans. Then take the arugula salad and place on top. Take some green garlic oil (or mint pesto oil, or olive oil and drizzle around the bowl. Serve and enjoy!

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