We recently carried an Adventurous Chef’s Box built by local Triangle Chef and Restaurateur Jason Smith of 18 Seaboard! Chef Jason Smith and his wife Lauren dreamed of owning a special restaurant. In 2006 they opened the doors to 18 Seaboard. Chef Smith leads a culinary group committed to serving contemporary Southern inspired dishes with over 60% of ingredients sourced from North Carolina farms, ranches, fishmongers and dairies. His love of NC and comfort food is evident in all of his food and drinks.

Here’s a Fall salad recipe he shared with us:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Seaboard Bibb Salad
Ingredients:
· 1 bunch Bibb lettuce
· 3 Asian pears
· ½ cup butter beans
· 1 teaspoon butter
· 1 tablespoon blackening seasoning
· ½ butternut squash
· 4 Cherokee purple tomatoes
· ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
· ½ cup apple cider vinegar
· 2 tablespoons honey
· 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
· Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Cut pears into slices. On a hot grill, grill until pears have some grill marks on both sides. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add butter beans and boil until tender.
Strain beans. In a skillet add 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of blackening spice over medium heat. Add butter beans and sauté until coated with butter and spices.
Chill beans and set aside. Peel and cut butternut squash into ½ inch cubes.
Bring a pot of water to boil. Add squash and boil until tender.
Strain squash. Add a little oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add squash and sauté until charred. Set aside.
Make the vinaigrette: 
On a hot grill char tomatoes until starting to fall apart.
In a blender add charred tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, honey, thyme. Blend together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In a large bowl add Bibb lettuce and dressing. Mix until coated. Top with sliced pears, butternut squash, and butter beans. Add protein if desired.
 
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