This week’s challenge was interesting. The ingredients included pickling spices, butter beans (aka lima beans) and sea salt. After putting some thought into it, a summer greek salad and butter bean hummus seemed the way to go.
Pickling is a process that preserves or expands the lifespan of food by fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar. Pickling will typically change the texture and flavor of the food. You can pickle just about anything in a thousand different ways. That’s why pickling is such a great way to compliment your dishes, and it most definitely worked for this one.
When I first sat down to think about how I would tackle these ingredients, I initially thought about pickling the butter beans and making a relish out of it for a summer time hot dog. While I was mulling this over I mentioned it to some friends of mine and they suggested a summer greek salad, pickling some shrimp while adding the butter beans to the salad. I loved the idea so much more than my relish, I got to work. Everything was going great until I got to the butter beans. Speaking of butter beans, most people I know complained how their parents made them eat them as a kid. I must have been the odd child because I loved them, and still do! That doesn’t mean I know how to cook them though. I pressure cooked the butter beans which turned them to mush. Not what I was hoping for! I couldn’t add mushy beans to the salad so I had to come up with something else. What do you do with mushy beans? You make hummus! Most hummus is made with tahini in the recipe. Tahini can be pricey at the store. But if you look at what tahini is and how to make it, there is no reason not to make your own, which is exactly what I did. So let’s dig into this Summer Greek Salad with Butter Bean Hummus.
Summer Greek Salad
- 1 lbs Raw Shrimp, in shell
- 2 tbsp Prefixed Pickling Spices of your choice
- 1/2 Medium Red Onion, sliced
- Fresh Bay Leaves
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 Meyer Lemon, juiced
- 1 Cup Water
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1 Quart Mason Jar
Pickled Shrimp Directions
- In a sauce pan, boil water with a pinch of sea salt.
- When the water has come to a boil, add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes till nice and pink.
- Drain the shrimp and submerge in cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Peel and devein the shrimp.
- Gather your pickling spices and ingredients.
- Start by creating a layer of shrimp, topped with a layer of red onion and bay leaf inside your mason jar.
- Continue the layering process until you have filled up your jar.
- Add your pickling spices, garlic, apple cider vinegar, meyer lemon juice, water and sea salt. The shrimp and onions should be submerged in the pickling spices and liquid. Add a little more water if needed to submerge your shrimp. Place in the fridge for 2-3 days, turning the jar once a day.
- Pickled Shrimp
- Pickled Red Onion
- Kalamata Olives
- Heirloom Tomatoes, sliced
- Cucumber, spiralized
- Red Cabbage, sliced
- Feta Cheese
Greek Salad Directions
- Add all of your salad ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
- Pair with a nice vinaigrette, or dress with the pickling liquid and serve cold.
When I finally put this salad together, I have to say how surprised I was by how good it really was. I never knew that pickling the shrimp and the onion would add this bright flavor to the salad, setting it apart from your typical greek salad. I will definitely be making this one again and again.
Butter Bean Hummus
- 1/4 Cup EVOO
- 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 Meyer Lemon, zested and juiced
- 1 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 Tsp Cumin
- 2 Tbsp Tahini
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Mint, finely diced
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Dill (or, 1 tbsp dried dill)
- 12 Oz Butter Beans, cooked
Butter Bean Hummus Directions
- In a food processor, mix together all of your ingredients and mix well.
I paired the Butter Bean Hummus with my favorite Jilz Crackers Mediterranean Crackers. Jilz Crackers are a simple seeded cracker made from organic, quality ingredients that are sure to satisfy your cracker cravings. I could make my own crackers, but we all know that takes time and I am just simply too busy for that. That is why I love Jilz Crackers so much. They are tasty and crunchy, and I can buy them any time I want. Pairing the crackers with he butter bean hummus was a match made in heaven. Everyone has had hummus, and you know what your going to get. The butter beans took this hummus to a whole new flavor level. If you want a hummus that delivers a bright (Yes, I have been using that word a lot here. But to be honest, it’s the best word to describe this whole dish, so live with it, lol.) and unique flavor, then you will want to try this butter bean hummus. You won’t be sorry! If you would like to try Jilz Crackers, you can find them on amazon or in Northern California Whole Foods Market. Make sure you grab yourself some today.
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