Giving Green Beans the Spotlight: Green Bean Salad

Green Bean Salad

Green Bean Salad

It’s time to rediscover the green bean!  Green beans get such a bad wrap.  Most of us grew up eating either the canned or frozen variety which was probably overcooked to the point of only a mushy semblance of a string bean.  Thankfully, we now have access to fresh green beans as close as your nearest farmers market.

When choosing green beans at your farmers market, be patient and take a little time to select individual green bean instead of grabbing large handfuls.  Trust me, the extra effort will be worth it when chow time comes.  Here are a more  tips on how to choose, store and prepare green beans.

Now that you have your fresh green beans ready, here’s a quick and easy recipe that’s perfect for your next meatless meal or side dish.  I also love this dish because it’s a great alternative to a traditional leafy greens salad.  For a protein boost alternative, add a can of tuna.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Green Bean Salad

2  tablespoons olive oil

1  shallot, minced

3  garlic cloves, minced

1/2  cup dry white wine

1  pound green beans, trimmed

1  14-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1  14-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1  14-ounce can habichuela beans, drained and rinsed

2  tablespoons parsley, minced

1  tablespoon lemon zest

kosher salt

 

Preparation

In a sauté pan, add olive oil, shallot and garlic and sauté on medium heat for one minute.  Add dry white wine and reduce.

Blanch green beans in a pot of salted boiling water for two minutes.  Drain and transfer to ice bath.

In a bowl, combine chickpeas, cannellini beans and habichuela beans.  Add green beans, shallots and garlic.  Toss with parsley and finish with olive oil, salt and lemon zest.

Cover and refrigerate for one hour.  Serve cold.

 

Enjoy!

Chef Aram

 

Chef Aram’s Spicy Summer Playlist

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When you step into my kitchen, you’re likely to hear good music mixed in with the sounds of chopping and simmering.  For me, music just adds to the vibe and gets all of my creative juices flowing.  Here’s a taste of what I’m listening to this summer.

Chef Aram’s Spicy Summer Playlist

1.  ”Cocoa Butter Kisses” – Chance the Rapper

2.  ”Money Trees” – Kendrick Lamar

3.  ”Royals” – Lorde

4.  ”Pound Cake” – Drake

5.  ”Keep On Pushing” – The Impression

6.  ”Valerie” – Amy Winehouse

7.  ”Sunny Afternoon” – The Kinks

8.  ”Can I Kick It” – A Tribe Called Quest

9.  ”So Far To Go” – J Dilla

10.  ”Sweet Jane” – The Velvet Underground

11.  ”Fancy” – Iggy Azalea

12.  ”0 to 100″ – Drake

13.  ”New Slaves” – Kanye

14.  ”Astronomy (8th Light)” – Black Star

15.  ”SpottieOttieDopaliscious” – OutKast

Now it’s your turn!  What are you listening to?  Tweet me or Facebook me.