butter bean & arugula pesto salad.


After those cinnamon rolls, I think we could all use some vegetables in our lives. Fortunately, there are four vegetables in this dish and even better, they are all green: butter beans, arugula, baby broccoli, and asparagus.

This is something you could make a big batch of and eat every day for lunch, or serve chilled as an appetizer at a schmancy dinner party. It's pretty, healthy, and delicious. What more could you want?

baby broccoli and asparagus
arugula "pesto"
butter beans + arugula pesto

(I don't have exact measurements for the pesto -- just keep tasting and adding along the way and it always works out.)

Arugula Pesto: In a food processor, combine a few handfuls of arugula, about 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, and as much olive oil as it takes to get the right consistency (probably about 1/2 cup). Add the zest and juice of one lemon, salt and pepper to taste. I didn't add pine nuts (because I didn't have any), but they would work too.


Baby Broccoli and Asparagus: Coat in olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast on a sheet pan at 400-450 degrees until slightly brown and crispy, about 15 minutes.

Butter Beans: Simmer in water until soft (but not too soft, about 30 minutes) and add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. (Side note: butter beans remind me of our beach house and my family and my grandmother and rural South Carolina. I even like the feeling of saying the words. Butter beans.)

Mix everything together, and you have butter bean and arugula pesto salad.