For a different take on a healthy vegetarian meal, consider the artichoke. Steamed and then seared, the halves are both meaty and satisfying. The rest of this dish cooks in the same pan: you fry two slices of torn-up bread, then make the warm white bean salad.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2022


Credit: Con Poulos

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Fill a large pot with 1 inch water and bring to a simmer; season generously with salt. Using a serrated knife, trim top third off each artichoke and rub all over with one lime half.

  • Place artichokes in pot, stem-sides up; cover and cook until hearts are easily pierced with the tip of a knife, 20 to 30 minutes (depending on size). Let cool slightly, then halve artichokes and scoop out chokes. Stir together mayonnaise and juice of remaining lime half; season lightly with salt.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium. Add bread and cook, stirring, until golden and crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels; season with salt. Wipe skillet clean; swirl in remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Season artichokes with salt and pepper; add to skillet, cut-sides down. Cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Add garlic to skillet and cook until fragrant and just golden, about 30 seconds. Carefully stir in beans with cooking liquid; season (there will be some steam and spattering). Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in celery, parsley, vinegar, and red-pepper flakes. Transfer to bowls, top with artichokes and croutons, and serve with lime mayonnaise and more oil, red-pepper flakes, and parsley.

Cook's Notes

The artichokes can be steamed ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days.