• Posted by Califia Suntree on May 22nd, 2006, 10:16 AM

    well, the prettiest thing going right now seem to be GREEN BEANS. the ones at the store were all shriveled and gross (and $4/pound) but at the farmers market, the blue lakes were like beautiful fat green caterpillers. so i took a load home and made a variation on masha’s green bean salad. (masha’s a food writer and genius cook based in san francisco...) anyway, the recipe i’m offering is fast and loose…eat it with grilled steak:
    *plump delicious green beans, stems removed (my guideline is 1 handful per eater, plus one for the bowl)
    *a generous mound each of chopped dill, italian parsley, scallions
    *zest of 1 lemon per 4-5 diners
    *a scattering of toasted sliced almonds
    *a tangy (key word!) dressing made of lemon juice, white vinegar, olive oil, S&P
    cook the beans in boiling water until crisp-tender. make your dressing in the bottom of your serving bowl (roughly 2/3 oil to 1/3 acidic stuff). throw in the herbs and then the hot beans. toss it all with the almonds and zest. serve warm!

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  1. September 14th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    This is one of the summer’s tastiest, easiest recipes I’ve ever tried! As a grower of green beans, I know how garden fresh beans are deliciously better than store bought. There is a fullness and sweetness in the fresh beans. And the good news is that growing them is so utterly simple it’s shocking! I urge bean eaters to grow there own.. A few plants yields a summer-full of fresh beans!

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