Mango Mojito Lima Bean Salad
I read a really interesting article about…wait for it…lima beans (more on that later), so knew I wanted to incorporate those little green nuggets into my lunch today. Exciting Lima Beans is an oxymoron in my book, so the first thing that came to mind when trying to “spice” them up was a Mojito! Yes, at 7 AM I was thinking about Mojitos…don’t judge…
While updating a continuing education module on legumes (jealous?!?!), I came across an author who created something very cool. Since there are various vegetarian diets and certain amino acids are found in larger amounts in certain foods, the authors determined which foods complement certain variations of a vegetarian diet. Some suggestions found in the paper are below:
Vegan diet = frozen immature Lima Beans for amino acid content and choline
Vegan diet = Frozen green peas for amino acid content
lacto-ovo vegetarian = mushrooms for Vitamin D
Traditional vegetarian = Brazil nuts for Selenium
Across all diets, almond, chia seeds, and cherimoya are suggested to be incorporated.
(Kim S. et al., Nutritionally recommended food for semi- to strict vegetarian diets based on large scale nutrient composition data. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):4344.)
To me, Lima beans sound like one of the most un-exciting foods in the world. So I had to think of the most fun food (or drink) in the world to balance it out, and a mango Mojito came to mind!
The recipe was very simple and required no cooking (yay!).
1/2 cup clean and dry arugula
9 oz package frozen lima beans, thawed. (if you an find immature ones, use those since the researchers were very specific about the “immature” part)
1 mango, cut into cubes
Three pieces of Baybel cheese, peeled and cut into quarters (if not following a vegan diet). PS you can use any cheese you like. I had a ton of those little red circles in my fridge so used them up!
One small avocado, cubed
1 Tbsp slivered almonds
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
3 Tbsp EVOO
salt and pepper, to taste
1/8 Tsp brown sugar
optional, 1/4 tsp dark rum (I added that and it was REALLY good)
Easy steps: throw all of the ingredients into a bowl and combine. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together, and toss the salad with the dressing.
This is one super-easy way to sneak Lima beans into your diet if you are not a fan, especially if you are following a Vegan diet in any stage of life!
Hope you enjoy! Now my only problem is I want a real mango mojito! Anyone else???