Sweet Onion and Apricot Lima Beans

By: Mi Ae Lipe
Posted on: 11/01/2020

Sweet onion and tart apricots complement the buttery taste of lima beans. This can be served hot, as a side dish, or cold, as a relish.


Sweet Onion and Apricot Limas

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Course Bean dishes, Side Dishes
Cuisine American, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 8 people


  • cup dry baby lima beans, or one (15-ounce) can rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium sweet onion (such as Walla Walla) sliced
  • 1 cup sliced dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups water
  • ½ cup honey


  • In a large saucepan, place the beans in 3 cups of water. Soak overnight, or boil for 2 minutes and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Drain the beans, then combine them with the onion, apricots, salt, and water in a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, or until the beans are very tender but not mushy.
  • Add the honey and simmer for 5 minutes longer. Serve as a hot dish or cold relish with turkey, chicken, or pork.


— US Dry Bean Council
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Sweet Onion and Apricot Lima Beans


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