Summer Lima Beans with Cherry Tomatoes & Sun-dried Black Olives Recipe

Summer Lima Beans with Cherry Tomatoes & Sun-dried Black Olives Recipe

  • Makes: 4 Servings
  • Ready In: 40 mins
  • Prep Time: 15-20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25-30 mins

You can cheat this dish with frozen Limas. When fresh is unavailable, frozen is the next best option. Manufacturers freeze produce when it is in-season because it is the most bountiful (and luckily the most nutritious!) time of the crop’s cycle. But, when summer is here you will be able to taste this dish in its full glory with summer cherry tomatoes and fresh Lima beans.

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 216
  • Fat: 8g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Sodium: 755mg
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 2g


  1. 2 tbsp butter, divided
    1/2 medium yellow onion, cut into half moons (approx 1 1/4 cup) *
    3 large garlic cloves, minced
    3 cups shelled fresh lima beans (approx 2 lbs. unshelled beans) **
    1 1/2 cups filtered water ***
    1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 cup cherry tomatoes
    1/2 cup pitted sun-dried black olives
    1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    1 tsp sea salt
    1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
    2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


    1. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.
    2. Add onions and gently saute for 5 minutes; onions will be slightly softened and barely beginning to brown.
    3. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute; garlic will be fragrant.
    4. Add lima beans, water and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil.
    5. Reduce heat to medium, cover and allow to gently boil for 15 minutes.
    6. Uncover, stir in remaining 1 tbsp of butter, tomatoes, olives, vinegar, sea salt & pepper.
    7. Recover and continue to gently boil for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Serve warm.

    * To cut an onion into half moons: First slice the onion in half from root to stem. Lay the cut flesh of each side of onion flat on the cutting board, cut about 1/2" off both the root and stem of each half. Peel both sides, and return the onion to its previous position on the cutting board. Each side now looks like half of a moon! Now, cut the onion horizontally in 1/2" pieces (opposite of cutting from the root to the stem), creating individual half moon shaped onions.

    ** If fresh Lima beans are not available, frozen Lima beans are a perfectly acceptable substitution. Same directions apply. Large Lima beans and small Lima beans will both work beautifully in this recipe. Large Lima beans are also known as butter beans. Small Lima beans are also known as baby Lima beans.

    *** To enhance nutrition, vegetable or chicken stock may be used in place of the filtered water.

Molly Chester

Molly is a health supportive Private Chef & Chef Instructor in Los Angeles, CA. She also stars in the culinary series Farm to Table and authors Organic Spark, a healthy food blog.

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