Tuesday, June 30, 2009

From the Home Garden

My dear friend Culinary Barbie brought me some fresh organic green beans from her garden yesterday. I wanted to do something other than boil them so I started playing around with ideas. This salad is what I came up with. I think it turned out really well. It can be altered to meet your taste and/or the ingredients you have on-hand. I served it with sweet potato fries and barbeque pork chops.

Green Bean Salad
1 lb fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
1/2 of a large red tomato, diced
1/4 C toasted pine nuts

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Coarse salt and pepper

Steam green beans over boiling water covered for 3 or 4 minutes. Remove beans and run cold water over them to cool, drain well. Place beans in a bowl and combine with onions, tomato and pine nuts. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl; drizzle over salad to taste.