Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Bean Salad

This simple salad can be served as a small main dish with some toasted bread or as a side, along with some potato salad (Dan's potato salad to follow) with german sausages, or eisbein, or anything else you could think of.

Just make sure you don't overboil the beans. I like them with bite, still a bit crispy.

for 2 people:


organic green beans (amount depends if you're serving as main or side dish)
1 shallot or 1 small yellow onion, chopped
white vinegar (wine vinegar or apple cider)
extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground salt and pepper


In a bowl big enough to fit all the beans, mix vinegar, olive oil, shallot or onion, salt and pepper. You'll probably end up adding vinegar at the end because the beans don't absorb much of it and you'd like to get the dressing a bit sour for this salad.

Wash the beans well and cut off the end pieces. Put some salt into boiling water and add the beans. Boil them for about 5 minutes but start trying them before already to make sure they don't get too soft. I would recommend removing them when you think they're still a bit too hard since they'll end up softening some more afterwards anyway.

Pour cold water over the beans to prevent them from softening too much. Move them around in cold water for a minute or so. Shake them well to get rid of the water on them. Add the beans to your dressing, mix well, taste them to make sure you like the dressing, add vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


At 7:41 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Thanks for your beautiful blog. I love good food that starts with the eye. Also appreciate the link to Whole Foods, I've heard of them and now will visit.

At 5:48 PM, Blogger ann illusion said...

yum yum
throw me a bean dan
i am starving my ass off
keep flinging the recipes down bro
i need help

At 7:51 PM, Blogger redfrog said...

For some reason, the abundance of green reminds me of chinese sausage (larp cheong). garlic, beans, and larp cheong. heaven!
i'm going to steal some of your recipe for my coming pot-luck party. any recommendation?

At 9:58 PM, Blogger KT Did said...

Dan I finally made the pork loin with the fig spice!!! YEEUUMMMM!
Thank you so much for that recipe. I had another couple over that love spices in their food and they thoroghly enjoyed it right along with me. Sorry about the pass around recipe...I never got around to doing it..I have been in cyberspace putting up a website for some friends..haven't even been riding...but thank you very much!!!

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Dan said...

red green yellow, are you going to prepare several dishes yourself for the potluck? i think curries are a great thing to prepare for several people. you can even prepare them a day ahead and then just heat them up again in a big pot. they're not sensitive in terms of when you eat them (you wouldn't want to prepare steaks for lots of people you don't really exactly know when they show up, right?). so.... in terms of hot dishes, curries would be great, or of course salads. check out my midnight snack for appetizers and i'll try to post some other appetizers i've made a while ago (been too busy moving to get updates here as frequently as i would like to).
thanks for reading!
dan (i like your username by the way :-))

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Dan said...

hi kt,
glad to hear you enjoyed the pork :-)


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