Don’t you love the colors in this salad? Close your eyes and just imagine the cool crisp bite of each sweet little bean! Juicy tomatoes sliding across your tongue, down into your belly!
We made this three times this week. That is right, 3 times! Yes, it is that good! We normally do not eat the same thing more than once during a given week but after eating this last weekend with our pork tenderloin, we made it again for a dinner with family and then another dinner with friends. Are we sick of it? NOPE!
This salad is fresh and so flavorful. In fact, I am sure after you make it just once you will be coming back to it again and again. It goes really well with grilled pork and big juicy rib eye steaks. I would also serve it as a simple meal with a crusty baguette and a nice glass of Rose. Now, you know it is fresh and flavorful; but, have I mentioned how easy it is? Simply blanched green beans are tossed together with heirloom or sweet cherry tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette and a sprinkling of fennel pollen, maldon salt and a crack of fresh black pepper. Really, that is it!
We want to know, what is your favorite way to enjoy summertime green beans, fresh from the farm or your garden?
Recipe: Green Bean Salad
1 lb fresh green beans, washed, tips removed and cut in half or thirds
1 pint cherry tomatoes or 3 small heirloom tomatoes, washed
1 small shallot, minced
1/4 cup good quality olive oil
1/8 cup sherry vinegar
fennel pollen, sprinkle
maldon salt, sprinkle
fresh cracked black pepper
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add green beans and cook for about 5 minutes. Have a large bowl of iced water close by. Remove the beans from heat, drain and immediately rinse with very cold water, to stop cooking then add the beans to the iced water. Let sit about 10 minutes. Drain, lightly pat dry with some paper towels and then set aside. Combine olive oil, sherry vinegar and shallots in a small jar, cover with a lid and shake, shake, shake. Set aside. Cut tomatoes; if using heirlooms, cut in half and then quarter each half. If using cherry tomatoes, cut in half, small ones I keep whole. Put the beans and tomatoes in a serving bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil mixture, sprinkle with fennel pollen, salt and pepper. Toss with salad utensils. Season with more pollen, salt and pepper, if needed. Toss again, if needed. Serve. Eat.