Aug 23, 2014

Food: Best Green Bean Salad Ever courtesy of Jamie Deen

Okay, my husband is done with green beans for a while. I have tried giving them away to the neighbors but they are not biting. They were picked and in my huge Tupperware bread bowl...what to do now. 

The darn beans were going to be used or I am going to die trying. 

And to think I was begging the plants to give me some vegetable just a short while ago. Darn!

Sooooo....to make a long story short...we had our neighborhood party today and I figures I would feed them to people I don't see all that often. They have to eat a little bit of everything at a potluck whether they like it or not. 
I chose the Jamie Deen Green Bean Salad Recipe from Food Network. It was just perfect and I had every ingredient in my fridge or in my garden! The wine vinegar was homemade from our own stash. No special shopping.

Ingredients

Kosher salt
1 pound slender green beans, ends trimmed
1 cup feta cheese crumbles
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 large clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Boil a large pot of salted water. Add the green beans and cook until tender crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Use a spider to remove to a bowl of ice water. Drain well, pat dry and place the beans in a large bowl. Combine with the feta cheese, tomatoes and red onions.


Toast the almonds in a small skillet, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a plate.
Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, garlic and some salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the green beans and sprinkle with the toasted almonds. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving. 
Recipe courtesy Jamie Deen 
SHOW: Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen 
EPISODE: Dinner for Two
Read more at: Food Network
I served the salad on a bed of greens garnished with Nasturtium blossoms and olives. It was very beautiful to look at. But better yet, it was delicious.

I will be making that dish again soon...when we have company. Did I mention that my husband is done eating green beans for a while?

I did not use all the blanched beans so I put them in a freezer bag and froze them to be used in soup later. I am getting to be such a pioneer woman...again!

Oh by the way, Jamie Deen has done his mother Paula Deen one better and his show is all about healthy food...no deep frying for him!

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1 comment:

  1. Yum, sounds delicious! I'll definitely bookmark that one :) i got a bumper crop of green beans this year, too

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