Spring Succotash with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Cost Per Serving $1.75
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1 cupGreen Peas (freshly shelled or frozen)
1 cupShelled Fava Beans
1 cupCauliflower, seperated into small florets
1 cupPea Shoots
8Basil Leaves, finely chopped
1 tbspMaple Syrup
1/4 cupBalsamic Vinegar
2 tspExtra Virgin Olive Oil
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Place maple syrup and balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes until the dressing is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add your peas and fava beans and boil for 1 minute. Remove vegetables from water and submerge in a bowl of ice water. Remove the skins from the fava beans; they are easier to peel after boiling.
  3. Arrange the cauliflower, peas, beans, pea shoots and basil on your plates and dress with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of salt and black pepper, and a drizzle of the balsamic maple dressing.


  • ​Maple syrup is lower in calories and higher in minerals than other sweeteners such as honey and brown sugar. 
  • Maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese, with one tablespoon providing 33% of the manganese you need in a day. Manganese is a mineral that has many important functions in the body, such as helping with calcium absorption, controlling blood sugar and assisting in turning fats and carbohydrates from our food into energy. Manganese is also part of an antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD) that helps protect DNA from damage that may play a role in aging and in the development of heart disease and cancer.
  • Maple syrup is also a good source of zinc. Zinc is a mineral that acts as an antioxidant, helping to reduce overall inflammation. In particular, zinc may help to protect the lining of blood vessels, called the endothelium, from damage caused by the buildup of LDL (“lousy”) cholesterol.