June 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm
by Heather Eng
While I’ve made some delicious meaty meals in my slow cooker, I was in the mood for something nice and light, this weekend. I love fresh summer produce and wanted to whip up a meal featuring veggies. And I was hoping for lots of healthy leftovers that I could bring to work.
I found inspiration in our July slow cooker story. Melissa Knific, one of Family Circle‘s food editors, created a gorgeous recipe for slow cooker summer succotash. And later in the day, I stumbled upon this equally beautiful recipe at Smitten Kitchen. All signs seemed to say I’d be making slow cooker succotash…until I found a dearth of lima beans while grocery shopping. (How does that happen?!)
Undeterred, I purchased shelled edamame instead and used both recipes as a guide. I ended up with a really bright, light, flavorful summer salad that I’d happily make again.
It was so simple, too. It just required lots of chopping:
After two hours, I added thawed edamame.
Once done, I scooped the veggies into a salad bowl and added basil…
…and arugula. I dressed the salad with red wine vinegar, salt and pepper–and was very happy to have it for lunch yesterday and today.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Slow Cook: on HIGH for 2 hours and LOW for 1 hour
4 corn cobs, kernels removed (about 2 1/2 cups kernels)
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
3 large sweet peppers (any combination of red, orange and yellow), diced into 1-inch pieces
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups shelled edamame, thawed
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
2.5 oz. arugula (I just used half a 5 oz. clamshell)
red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste
1. Coat slow cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Combine corn kernels, onion, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and 3/4 cup water. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours. Stir in thawed edamame and cook on LOW for 1 more hour.
2. Transfer vegetables from slow cooker bowl into a salad bowl. Mix in basil and arugula. Dress with red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
What’s your favorite slow cooker summer dish? Share in the comments below.