Saturday, July 23, 2011

Green Beans Vinaigrette

If you happen to have too many green beans planted in your garden and need a new recipe, or if the beans are looking good at your farmer's market or grocery store and you'd like a fresh summer salad idea, here you go!

You can use any vinaigrette dressing you like - home made is best, store bought is ok.  I really like lemon with beans, so I added lemon juice and lemon thyme to my dressing.  Make what you like!

This made a large bowl of beans to take to a potluck party.  It's worth making a big batch, because they taste even better the next day.  A little color is lost by then, but the flavor improves nicely.

I'm so mad - the memory card was out of my camera when I took the picture - and the beans were so pretty, all green and yellow and glistening with dressing.  Use your imagination.

Green Beans Vinaigrette

2 pounds green beans (or a mixture of green and yellow)
vinaigrette dressing (recipe follows)

Wash and trim the beans, but leave them whole.  Get a large pot of water boiling, and drop in the beans.  After 60 seconds, remove beans and drop into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.  Drain thoroughly.

Pour dressing over beans, tossing well to coat.  Refrigerate, covered, for at least one hour before serving.

Vinaigrette

1/3 cup lemon juice, or a combination of lemon juice and white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Whisk dressing together, or shake in a jar.

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