21st Century Succotash

I don’t know about you, but I don’t, nor have I ever, wanted to eat succotash merely because of the name. It just sounds like a child’s worst nightmare, right? According to Wikipedia, succotash is a food dish consisting primarily of corn and lima beans or other shell beans. Other ingredients may be added including tomatoes and green or sweet red peppers. The Native Americans in the eastern woodlands were the first to prepare this dish.

While I appreciate the Native Americans for all they’ve given to us, I’m ready to rename this dish so that people are more enticed to prepare it and eat it! I don’t have anything up my sleeve at the moment, but I’d love your ideas. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this refreshed recipe I concocted for this dated dish. So healthy, so easy, so 21st century. ENJOY!

21st Century Succotash

3 ears of corn, grilled
2 cups of edamame, thawed
1/2 of a red and orange bell pepper, finely chopped
1 can of white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 T. chopped fresh mint
3 T. chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
S+P to taste
Add-ins: 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped avocado

4 T. olive oil
2 T. white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
2 t.  Dijon mustard
1-2 t. honey
S+P to taste

Combine dressing ingredients and set aside. After grilled corn has cooled, shave the corn from the cob and place in large bowl with remaining ingredients. Toss with dressing, season with S+P. Serve chilled or at room temperature.