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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Good Old French Bean Salad

     I know I have an amazing husband. He willingly gave up date night last Saturday night to help me do some canning.I knew I had to make it up to him.Fast forward to today. He had a loooong day at work and fairly trying week so far,so I knew he needed a steak dinner.

   Oh but what to serve alongside that steak? I'm thinking something green,something simple and rich,gotta be buttery and rich. I found the perfect starter for dinner and the perfect side dish all in about 20 minutes.

   Appetizer: simple caprese salad.
  Slice up some garden fresh tomatoes,fresh mozzarella and chiffonade some basil.Simple and classy.

   Side dish: Good Old French Bean Salad  
   Thank you Jamie Oliver.

   The bean salad recipe from Jamie Oliver's cookbook was a perfect side for this steak dinner and the buttery flavors of the dressing stood up nicely to one fine steak. It's also my contribution to Soups,Salads and Sammies week over at I Heart Cooking Clubs. Two for one special and I'll take it!

   Moving along,Good Old French Bean Salad.
   Get a pot of water boiling and cook 4 handfuls of French beans,aka. haricot verts.After those bean get to cooking,whisk together your dressing ingredients: onion,dijon mustard,white wine vinegar,salt,pepper,capers and olive oil.Next break out the garlic clove and microplane zester.
      Ooooh action shot.It's was the only way I knew to "grate" garlic and hey it worked. The technique of using the microplane also made for a fine garlic paste.Hooray for new ideas.
   Oooh buttery rich dressing.At this point the beans should be done cooking and draining in a colander in the sink.
    Steamy French green beans (I'll spare you my attempt at pronouncing haricots verts,it's a French pronunciation and well it was not pretty.) Now toss the beans with your dressing WHILE THE BEANS ARE STILL HOT/WARM. The beans will take on all of the flavors in the dressing and oohh it will be good.
      Yum,yum yum. (minus the crazy flash situation).
    We cooked our steaks last. The perfect,fresh rich steak dinner for me and my hubby. Perfect dinner and perfect night. ...Now to go fold laundry. It's the simple things.

Good Old French Bean Salad
adapted from Jamie Oliver
  recipe found in his cookbook Jamie's Dinners
4 handfuls of French beans/haricot verts
2-3 tsp dijon mustard
2 TBL white wine vinegar
7 TBL olive oil
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1 TBL capers (optional)
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook beans for 4-5 minutes.
2. While the beans cook,whisk together in a small bowl all the dressing ingredients except the olive oil.Next while whisking,drizzle in the olive oil.
3. Drain the beans in a colander and pour into a large mixing bowl.Toss with the dressing,coating everything well.Serve warm!!! Enjoy!



  1. Looks like the perfect dinner to me! ;-) I am going to tab this salad to make--it sounds delicious with the fresh beans. Great pick! ;-)

  2. What a great meal! And so wonderful that your husband gave you a hand with canning. ☺

  3. Great dinner! And what a nice husband to give up date night.

  4. I think it's wonderful that your husband helped you with canning! Looks like you treated him right with a super tasty meal. I love both the caprese salad and that amazing green bean salad. The dressing sounds wonderful!

  5. Very nice! I like this recipe of Jamie's and you sure did it proud! Thnak you so much for the nice comment you sent me on my minestrone soup. As I just started my "no comments" I did not publish yours but wanted to say thanks.

    Love your blog, by the way...I have popped in here and there. Cheers!