That is exactly what happened here. It was a muggy but cool day. The weather kept shifting and the clouds kept parting then closing then breaking up all over again. Occasionally moments of hard rain would erupt. I didn't feel like walking up the street to the green grocer but I was hungry for lunch.
On hand I had: 1 green zucchini, a bag of frozen lima beans**, a tupperware of garbanzo/chickpeas that I had cooked the day before and stored away to use for weekday lunches, a red onion, 1 head of radicchio, washed leaves of green lettuce, a bunch of fresh mint, and a bunch of fresh basil. There, in its most elemental form, you have my lunch. And I'm telling you, it was delicious, mind blowing even, the lima beans were still warm and they rubbed up against the coarse salt and soaked up the lemon and slighty, ever so slightly, wilted the basil and it was perfection in my mouth.
This, my friends, is my new favourite salad.
Two perfect additions would be: a generous amount of grated fresh parmesan and / or slivered almonds.
Makes about 2 large lunch servings for hungry appetites
1/2 cup frozen lima beans, cooked according to directions
3/4 cup, drained canned chickpeas, rinsed or cooked chickpeas
1/2 green zucchini, sliced into paper thin coins using either a mandoline or a box grater
3 large lettuce leaves, cut into thin strips
1/2 small head of radicchio, cut into thin strips
~ 10 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
~ 5 fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces
juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
Light tasting olive oil according to taste
Coarse sea salt (Himalan pink in a grinder is my favourite)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Combine all of the ingredients and toss with the lemon juice. Add a bit of olive oil, toss until coated, taste and add more if desired.
**Lima beans have a bit of an undeserved bad rap. They are buttery and slightly sweet. I prefer them to the edamame bean which is higher in fat and calories and a bit dryer and less flavourful. The lima bean is just a great addition to the earthy robustness of the chickpea. Try them. I know you'll love them!