Now, you're never going to hear me complain about salad greens, but I will admit that a non-lettuce based salad at this time of year is a welcome change! And when I need that welcome change, I like to welcome green beans! I am a person who is happiest when there is a green item on my plate (for both aesthetic and nutritional reasons) so, in my opinion, green beans are the perfect lettuce alternative when it comes to summer salads. Green bean salads can be elegant yet easy, delightfully crunchy and oh, so tasty. One of my go-to green bean salads is this little gem of a recipe, that satisfies all of these qualities at once. For lunch, I might add feta or goat cheese to it. Or hardboiled egg or canned tuna! For supper, it makes a mighty tasty side dish to pretty much anything, including chicken, fish, veggie or hamburgers...It also makes a beautiful addition to a salad plate, made up of a variety of salads and sliced tomatoes.
As we are harvesting our beans tomorrow, I'm afraid that I don't have a picture of the finished dish to show you. You'll just have to use your imagination!
Lemon Walnut Green Bean Salad
Adapted from Nourishing Meals, by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre
- 1 1/2 lbs fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans (omit if nut-free or try pumpkin seeds!)
- 2-4 tbsp snipped fresh chives or chopped green of green onions
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp seasoned salt or sea salt (or more, to taste)
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Bring a medium sized pot of water to boil. Add green beans and blanch for 4-5 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water until cool. Place in a large bowl.
Place the nuts in a baking dish and roast in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool, then chop. Add to the green beans.
Add the remaining ingredients and toss together. Serve and enjoy! If you're not going to serve right away, leave the nuts out until ready to serve; otherwise, they will get soggy!
Green Beans Amandine
Now, just in case my mention of haricots verts amandine got you curious or, worse, salivating, I am including a recipe for those as well. Don't want to leave you with green beans on your hands and no haricots verts amandine recipe. What kind of farmer would I be??
Best Ever Green Beans Recipe - Cookie and Kate