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Fresh bean salads

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recipe

In the classic version of this Italian salad, beans are slow-cooked until uniformly softened. In this interpretation, multiple varieties are plunged briefly into boiling water until almost tender yet still crisp, to emphasize their exceptionally fresh taste, color, and texture.

recipe

Butter beans, or small lima beans, are fresh in the summer. You can freeze them to use all winter, but frozen small limas may be used as well. Any extra vinaigrette can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for another use. Fresh butter beans will cook for 25 to 30 minutes--much longer than frozen lima beans.