Gracemont Public Schools


Here is a recipe of a traditional Native American dish - with a twist of modern taste!

The name “The Three Sisters” comes from an Iroquois legend. 
 In Iroquois villages, as in many other Native communities, women planted, hoed, weeded, and harvested communally, often working in large groups. The staple crops they grew—corn, beans, and squash—came to be known as The Three Sisters. Not only do the three foods grow well together (the beans climb the natural trellis provided by the cornstalks, while the broad-leaved squash plants spread out below, preventing weeds and keeping moisture in the soil), but when cooked together they provide nearly complete nutrition.


 Apple Cider Vinaigrette
 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
 1/4 cup honey
 3/4 cup canola oil
 Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and seeded
 2 yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
 2 ears corn, husked
 1/4 cup canola oil
 Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
 2 cups cooked cranberry beans, drained
 1 medium yellow tomato or 3/4 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, diced
 2 plum (Roma) tomatoes or 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, diced


 For the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and whisk to blend. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 10 days.

 For the salad: Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill to high. Brush the zucchini, squash, and corn with oil. Season the vegetables on all sides with salt and pepper. Grill the zucchini and squash until crisp-tender and grill-marked on both sides, about 10 minutes. At the same time, grill the corn until lightly browned, turning to cook all sides, 4 to 5 minutes.

 Transfer the zucchini and squash to a cutting board and finely dice, then empty into a large bowl. Cut the kernels from the corn and add to the bowl along with the beans and the yellow and red tomatoes. Add 1/4 cup vinaigrette and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and toss again.

Serve at room temperature or cold.

 Enjoy this traditional Native food, in celebration of Native American Week!