Lentil Salad with Sautéed Beans

This lentil salad gets a summery boost with sweet white corn, ruby red grape tomatoes, and juicy yellow peaches. It is great with sautéed green and wax beans!

Lentil Salad and Sauteed Beans | Healthy Nibbles and Bits

I’m sure you’ve heard of a nightclub bouncer before, but have you ever heard of a “corn bouncer”?

At the farmers market I frequent, there is a vendor who sells nothing but corn. Believe it or not, that stall has one of the longest lines every single week. If you didn’t know better, you would think it is a bunch of people lining up to get into popular club. Except it’s daytime and people aren’t dressed to the nines. Customers are not allowed to select or even touch the ears of corn before they buy it. That’s the corn bouncer’s job.

I was curious about why people were willing to line up for corn, so I  decided to do join in. The places with the longest lines are the best, right? After waiting for several minutes, one of the “corn bouncers” approached me, asked me what I wanted, brought over the goods, took my money, and I was set to go. Well, she was very nice, but it was quite a strange experience to buy produce that I couldn’t pick myself.

White Corn

I’ve got to admit, those were some beautiful ears of corn–crisp, sweet, and juicy. I sautéed  it with some oil and a tiny pinch of salt, and oh my. I could eat it all day! 

Mixed Beans

A problem I have with shopping at the farmers market is that I tend to buy way more produce than I can finish in a week. This lentil salad with sautéed green and wax beans is the result of my effort to clean out the refrigerator before the food spoils. If you like sweet and savory salads, you’re going to love this dish! 

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Lentil Salad with Sautéed Beans
 
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Recipe type: salad, gluten-free, lunch, dinner
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (~450g) green/wax beans (I used a 50/50 mixture)
  • 1 and 1/2 TBS olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup (~140g) fresh corn kernels (frozen works also)
  • 1 and 2/3 cup (~275g) cooked green lentils
  • 1 cup (~135g) grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 medium peach, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup (~35g) crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 TBS finely chopped red onion
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh parsley (coriander)
  • 1 TBS lemon
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp sea salt, add more to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse and snap off the tough end of the beans. Heat a medium sauté pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, pour in the beans and cook for 4-6 minutes. I like to cover the pan with a lid so that the beans cook faster. Season with a pinch of salt.
  2. While the beans are cooking, heat a small pan with 1/2 tablespoon of oil. When the pan is hot, add the fresh corn. Stir constantly, and let it cook for about 4 minutes. The kernels will turn into a light yellow color when they're ready. Season with a pinch of salt.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the lentils, corn, tomatoes, peaches, feta, onion, and parsley together. Add the lemon juice and a teaspoon of salt to the salad. Add more salt if necessary.
  4. Serve the lentil salad with the beans on the side.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.


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    • LisaLisa says

      Thanks, Anne! It’s true. Most of the meals I make at the end of the week are my “cleaning out” recipes!

    • LisaLisa says

      Yea, I guess that’s why they have that strange way of selling corn. I must admit, I have seen people tear open the corn husks to inspect the insides before buying it.

    • LisaLisa says

      Thanks, Meme! I think maybe I should just bring 2 bags instead of 3 the next time I go to the market. Maybe that will help me exercise some restraint. Maybe.

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