What a flavor bomb! This is a party pleasing recipe for sure, in fact this dish was introduced to us by a family friend when she brought it over for a holiday party. Since then we serve it at all our holiday gatherings and it's become a staple in our meal rotation.
I'm calling this a 'dish' because you can enjoy it warm or cold, as an appetizer or salad or warm legume and vegetable side dish, regardless it is delicious.
Prepare yourself to savor the sour flavor of lemon and the sweet flavor of the onions and herb dill. You'll also get a balanced and nutrient dense serving of protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates from from the lima beans and artichokes. Artichokes are considered to be rich source of antioxidants and a great source of prebiotic fiber, which help improve your gut microbiome.
It's not included in the directions of the recipe, but our family friend topped the dish with artichoke bottoms, which adds nice creamy texture.
1 bag frozen baby lima bean (16oz bag)
1 cup peas (optional)
2 tbsp dried dill or 1/2 cup fresh dill
1 tsp za'atar
1 can artichoke or 1 jar marinated artichoke
1 large onion (yellow or sweet)
1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed or store bought-NOT from concentrate)
1/3 cup water or artichoke marinade (from jarred artichoke)
salt and pepper to taste
At the end of each week, we have the practice of cleaning out the fridge. I like to use up the ingredients we have before placing another grocery order or venturing out to the store.
This week, in our fridge, we had left over fresh herbs including parsley and cilantro, and a bag of carrots. Originally I was going to make a carrot cake, but it was a sunny warm Spring day, and I was suddenly craving a salad for dinner.
So here is the refreshing salad I whipped up in less than 10 minutes that is perfect for a Memorial Day at home BBQ.
I want to give you all a recipe to follow that you can make easily make with your pantry staples. it is gluten free, and can be vegan, vegetarian if you use vegetable broth. Added bonus, if your kids are interested in cooking, you can get them involved too in preparing this dish.
I made this on the stove top in less than 45 minutes!