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In typical Shaker fashion, fresh herbs magnify the flavor of this classic bean salad, while the briny flavor of the black olives, though optional, gives memorable zing.
Fill large bowl with ice-cold water.
Bring large saucepan of water to a boil. Add green beans and cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove beans and plunge into ice water until cool. Return cooking water to a boil. Add lima beans and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well. Transfer lima beans to serving bowl.
Drain green beans. Using fingers, pull apart two halves of each bean, then slice lengthwise to make French-cut beans. Cut long strips in half crosswise. Add to bowl with limas. Add cannellini beans and toss gently.
Add onion, olives if using, basil, parsley, oil, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper to bean mixture and toss well. Serve salad at room temperature.
- Calories 198
- Carbohydrate Content 27 g
- Cholesterol Content 0 mg
- Fat Content 7 g
- Fiber Content 6 g
- Protein Content 8 g
- Saturated Fat Content 1 g
- Sodium Content 10 mg
- Sugar Content 0 g