Butter Beans Recipe

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Warm Butter Beans Recipe

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Prep

10 minutes

Cook

5 minutes

Yield

3 -4 as a side salad

I'm seriously obsessed with butter beans these days! This butter beans recipe is so easy to make and makes a great lunch or side dish.

In my opinion, butter beans are having a moment. I have been obsessed. They are just such a hearty, but delicious, buttery bean to add to dishes for an added boost of plant-based protein. This warm butter beans recipe is the perfect side dish for your next dinner party or family dinner. You’re going to love them!

Butter beans recipe on a plate

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Butter Beans Recipe

  • Quick: Prep these warm butter beans in only 15 minutes
  • Versatile: Serve this butter beans recipe with anything or eat it on its own. It makes a great side dish
  • Healthy: Loaded with protein, this butter beans recipe is so good for you

🍲 Ingredients

Butter Beans – Also known as lima beans, butter beans have a creamy and buttery flavor and are so good for you. They are rich in vitamins, and minerals, and are a source of potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, zinc, and of course, protein.

Hardboiled Eggs – The hardboiled eggs just add another boost of protein to this dish. Eggs are an important part of a healthy diet. They can help improve muscle health and aid in the protection against several diseases. They are also a cost-efficient protein to add to your meals and side dishes.

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👩‍🍳 How to Make Butter Beans

  1. In a small bowl whisk together 3 tbsp olive oil, pressed garlic cloves, lemon juice, dijon mustard, chili flakes, honey and salt. Set aside.
  2. To a medium frying pan add 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Once warm, turn to medium-low and add the butter beans and a pinch of salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until warm.
  3. Transfer the beans and any olive oil from the pan to a medium-sized bowl. Add the diced onion, minced parsley and diced hardboiled egg. Drizzle the dressing over top of the ingredients and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt if desired. Serve and enjoy.
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🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Red Onion: Swap for green onion or white onion if you don’t have red onion
  • Eggs: Not into eggs? You can remove these from this recipe or even swap them with shredded chicken or tofu
  • Beans: If you can’t find butter beans, you can make this recipe with chickpeas too


🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

While this salad is delicious as soon as it’s made, you can also meal prep this salad. We recommend simply slicing the hardboiled eggs in half (instead of dicing) and packing them that way along with each serving of bean salad.

🤔 Common Questions

Are butter beans the same as lima beans?

Absolutely and you’ll find the name used interchangeably in the grocery store and in recipes.

Can I use this dressing on other things?

Yes! Use it as a marinade, on salad, on bowls, whatever you wish! It’s a simple, classic dressing.

Butter beans recipe on a plate

Warm Butter Beans Recipe

5 from 16 votes
I'm seriously obsessed with butter beans these days! This butter beans recipe is so easy to make and makes a great lunch or side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek-Inspired
Servings 3 -4 as a side salad
Calories 435 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 15oz cans butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup diced red onion (about 1 small red onion)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 hardboiled eggs, diced

For the dressing

Instructions
 

Video

Notes

  • If you like this salad you’ll love our Black Eyed Pea Salad
  • While this salad is delicious as soon as it’s made, you can also meal prep this salad. We recommend simply slicing the hardboiled eggs in half (instead of dicing) and pack that way along with each serving of bean salad

Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 53.4g | Protein: 18.4g | Fat: 18.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11.3g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1149.9mg | Fiber: 12.1g | Sugar: 7.9g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Natalie

5 stars
Made it with butter beans once and cannellini beans another time. Controversial but I think I prefer the cannellini beans with this – held together better. Either way – it’s delicious thank you!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks for the love Natalie! Do what works for you!!!

Sher Slawinski

5 stars
We started incorporating non meat meals in our house! This is a staple.

Maria Koutsogiannis

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

Julie K

5 stars
Also pregnant! This was amazing! Hit every flavor profile, tangy and a little kick, I will absolutely be making this again. I wouldn’t be surprised if this became the pregnant mama’s go to! I found you through TikTok too! What an awesome recipe, can’t wait to try more

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Julie! This makes me so happy!

Chelsea Piersanti

5 stars
I made this the other day and even my pickiest eater loved it! It was super filling and full of flavor. I’ll definitely be making this again.

Maria Koutsogiannis

This makes me so happy, thank you Chelsea!

Cristin Richartz

5 stars
Delicious!!!! And so easy.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much!

Emma Ranocha

WOW! This was so tasty. Quick prep and very few ingredients, but the flavors come together so nicely. Will definitely be adding to my weekly recipe routine. Excited to try more recipes.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, emma!!

Laura

5 stars
Amazing recipe made it for lunch and my husband devoured it. I added cucumbers and it lightened the dish up;)

Maria Koutsogiannis

I love this so much, Laura!! Thank you hun!

Sadie B

5 stars
This turned out SO good! I’m pregnant and need all the fiber and protein I can get and this dish satisfied so many cravings at once. I forwarded the recipe to all my friends. This will definitely be a staple in my meal plans from now on!

Maria Koutsogiannis

This makes me so happy, thank you, Sadie!!!

Torrie baker

5 stars
Found Maria on TikTok and this was the first recipe I tried. Already had everything on hand- such a huge plus- and took very little prep and cook time. Can’t wait to try another

Maria Koutsogiannis

So excited for you, Torrie! Thanks for the love hun!

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