Sunday, March 28, 2010

Minty Lima Bean Hummus


I got a hankering for some sort of green, minty, spring-like concoction the other day and decided to try some lima bean least that's what I'm calling it...if you prefer, it's just a dip made from lima beans. I wasn't sure how it would turn out; but we liked it. It's bright and refreshing.

If you do a search for it, you'll find lots of different variations...I decided to keep mine plain and simple by blending together the following ingredients:

10 oz bag of frozen baby lima beans, thawed
1 large clove of garlic (it was pretty big, so probably the equivalent of 1.5 or 2 average-sized cloves)
15 - 20 fresh mint leaves (according to taste...this turned out fairly minty)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 organic lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt ( or to taste)
pinch of black pepper to taste
finely chopped fresh chives to garnish

I didn't add any oil to this batch to keep it  lean, but it would be yummy to add a tablespoon or so of olive oil while blending, or to drizzle some over the top at the table.

It made a nice addition to last night's dinner, which was  tofu, chard, and sweet corn "quiche" on a salad of baby greens and watercress.

For the quiche, I made a variation of VeganLovlie's recipe ...thanks Vegan Lovlie! If you haven't checked out her blog, I recommend it...she whips up some great vegan food with very interesting recipes and gorgeous photos. Instead of mushrooms and broccoli, I used chard and added some turmeric and other spices. It's a versatile recipe that would be good any time of day. I'll be packing the leftovers for lunch next week.

I hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday.


  1. I never thought it adding mint to hummus! It looks wonderful!

  2. Rose,

    Great idea! I love that you used lima beans and mint. I bet it is great!


  3. HayMarket8,

    The mint seemed to go well with the lima beans, both in taste and in's a nice change from regular hummus.


    Thanks, it is pretty good. I really do like a bit of mint once in a while.

  4. Lima beans hummus! That sounds refreshing! Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm glad you liked the quiche. Chard is a nice variation, I've never actually made quiche with chard before, sounds delicious!

  5. Lovliebutterfly,

    Thanks for stopping by...I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for all the great recipes and ideas.

  6. Excellent idea! I'll check out the quiche recipe too, I need to make something different.

  7. SV,

    The quiche recipe is a good one, and it works as a good springboard recipe.

  8. oh i LOVE the color, perfect for spring! i always wonder what to call dip that doesnt use chickpeas:) "bean dip" DOES NOT give justice to something like this you know? cut your veggies very pretty also:)

  9. Does your husband flip out when you put these gorgeous meals in front of him?

  10. Dirtyduck,

    I agree with you; I like the sound of hummus better than bean dip.


    "Flip out" would be stretching it...

  11. Well, I have to confess, I'm a little scared of lima beans. My mom served only canned growing up, and they were the bane of my childhood. However, my husband introduced me to dried beans (I had no idea they existed before), and lima beans made a very small dent in my heart. So, there's hope for our relationship. And, I love mint and lime, so this recipe may have a daring entrance into one of our meals soon. But, it does look good the way you presented it.

  12. BlessedMama,

    I understand the childhood dislike of lima beans...I hated them too. But these little baby frozen ones look more like edamame...maybe it would be good to make with edamame instead?

  13. Now you're talking! Edamame and I have a passionate love affair.

  14. I've often made hummus with coriander, but had not thought about mint. I like it.

  15. Ooh, great idea! And I love the color, very springy:)

  16. BlessedMama,

    If you make it with edamame, let me know how it turns out.

  17. Mangocheeks,

    Coriander is a great idea; I'll have to try that next time.

  18. Janet,

    I thought the color was springy made a nice change from regular hummus.

  19. That dip looks so wonderful and fresh and perfect for spring! I never have lima beans around, but now I want to try them in that hummus :)

  20. Hi Bonnie,

    This was a very "springy" hummus because of the mint. If you can get green lima beans that's what I used, but I think any type would be fun to try.


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