Three Sisters Salad
This recipe is a summer, ‘no cook’ variation on succotash that the early American colonists learned from the Native American tribes.
The 3 sisters—corn, beans and squash—were traditionally planted together, as they have a symbiotic relationship to maintain soil health and adequate moisture during the growing season.
Cook time: -
1 medium zucchini
1 ear corn, or 1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained
1 cup white navy beans, drained and rinsed
15 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
5 sprigs fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
A pinch of pepper
A pinch of salt (optional)
- Shred the zucchini using a shredding tool or a grater (use the setting for the largest pieces). Add shredded zucchini to a large mixing bowl.
- Slice off one end of the ear of corn to make a flat bottom. Stand the corn on the flat bottom and slice the kernels off the cob. Add the corn to the bowl. If using canned corn, drain and add to the bowl.
- Add the drained beans and tomatoes to the bowl. Mix well.
- Remove the basil leaves from their stems. Chiffonade the leaves: place 4-5 leaves on top of each other, roll lengthwise and slice into ribbons. Add basil ribbons to the bowl.
- Add the olive oil to the bowl and squeeze the lemon over the mixture. Mix well.
- Season to taste with salt, if desired, and pepper. Enjoy!