It takes a little doing to cook lima beans, but the results are so worth the effort. For this satisfying salad, they're soaked overnight, simmered with aromatics, and tossed with charred poblanos, red onion, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, queso fresco, and a red-wine vinaigrette.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2018


Credit: Lauren Ross

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr
Serves 6 to 8


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Instructions Checklist
  • Rinse beans, removing debris; transfer to a large bowl. Add cold water until covered by at least 2 inches. Refrigerate overnight.

  • Drain; transfer beans to a large pot and add enough water to cover by 4 inches. Add yellow onion, carrot, and celery; bring to a simmer. Season generously with salt; reduce heat to medium-low and continue simmering until beans are tender but not falling apart, 40 to 50 minutes. Drain; transfer to a large bowl. Remove and discard vegetables. (Or, if not using immediately, let cool in liquid and refrigerate up to 5 days.)

  • Place chiles over the flame of a gas burner or on a grill; roast, turning, until charred on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a plate; let cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, use a paring knife to remove charred skins. Remove stems and seeds; cut chiles into 1/2-inch pieces.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil. Drizzle over beans; add roasted chiles, red onion, cilantro, and tomatoes. Gently toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with cheese, and serve.

Cook's Notes

The lima beans grown at Rancho San Julian are available at