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Author Notes: While a three bean salads are fine and five bean salads are swell, there's nothing as spectacularly simple and delicious as this (Lucky) Seven Bean Salad. This quick, easy and healthy salad, a combination of tasty beans tossed in a tangy Lemon Dijon dressing, is guaranteed to become a staple at your table. —bitememore
Lemon Dijon Dressing
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Seven Bean Salad
- 2 cups fresh green beans, ends snipped
- 1½ cups frozen edamame, thawed
- 2 cups snow peas
- 1 cup fresh green peas
- 1½ cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1½ cups baby lima beans, rinsed and drained
- 1½ cups white (cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
- For the Lemon Dijon dressing, in a food processor or blender, combine olive oil, champagne vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, mustard seeds, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Pulse 2-3 times, until well combines. Set aside.
- For the salad, bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add green beans and edamame. Turn heat to low and cook 1 minute. Add snow peas and fresh green peas and continue cooking 1 minute more. Drain and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Once cold, drain again and dry out completely. Place in a large bowl along with chickpeas, lima beans, white beans, parsley, thyme, lemon zest and salt. Pour dressing over salad, toss well and refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
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