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Green Bean Salad

March 4, 2012
Italian green bean salad

Ever thought of putting green beans in a romaine salad? I never had, but it is quite good. This recipe comes from the Italian cook-off that my friends and I had last week. While planning for this party, I saw a picture of a green bean salad recipe in one of my moms cookbooks. I tried to find it again and couldn’t (the joys of having too many cookbooks!) so we just made it up as we went and it turned out really good! I will now share that recipe with you.

When my boyfriend and I started dating years ago, I remember have a conversation with him about green beans. The only kind of green beans he ate as a child were the soggy salty canned green beans covered in butter! I assured him that he will never have to eat that again. Why EVER eat canned beans when you can eat them fresh and without additives?

Please note: This recipe pictured above served about 15 or so people using 4 romaine hearts. If you are cooking for two, use just 1 or 2.
Please also note: There are no exact measurements of ingredients in this recipe. Eyeball everything!

Green Bean Salad

Ingredients:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Fresh green beans
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh ground pepper

For the dressing:

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Italian Seasoning

Chopping Green Beans

To Do:

  • Start by prepping the green beans and wash and chop off the tips. Use kitchen scissors or a super fun sharp knife like pictured above.
  • Throw the green beans into a pot of boiling water and boil for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Immediately throw the cooked beans into a large bowl of ice filled water to blanch them This instantly stops to cooking process and keeps them crisp.
  • Prep the other salad ingredients: wash and chop up the romaine and throw it into a large bowl. Add your desired amount of garbanzo beans and cherry tomatoes. Lastly, throw in the cooked beans.
  • You will have to eyeball the ingredients for the dressing: In a small bowl, start with olive oil, add in balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and Italian seasoning (I would say… 2 parts olive oil, 1 part Dijon and 1 part balsamic). Mix it up really well using a whisk or fork.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and mix it up. Top with fresh ground pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Mangia!
Green Bean Salad with Ravioli

Green Bean Salad with Ravioli

So I am attempting to learn to speak Italian! I think it will prove to be hard as no one else is learning it with me… but oh well! I’ve got to start somewhere, as my planned trip to Italy is only a year and a half away! So far I know only a few phrases. My favorite so far being: “Io vorrei mangiare qualcosa” which means, “I would like to eat something.” (Important phrase to know while in Italy).

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