Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Favourite Green Bean Salad

BC Green Beans are ready!

I most look forward to two vegetables in the summer. One of them is tomatoes and the other is green beans. Fresh, local or homegrown, green beans are incredibly delicious! This is my favourite recipe for green beans. It's a cold salad and is a perfect addition to a summer dinner and very easy to take to a potluck or BBQ.

Figure out how big a salad bowl you want to use and have the appropriate amount of beans to fill that bowl.

Start by taking the stems and pointy ends off the green beans. Snap them in half and put them into a bowl. While you are doing that you can put a large pot of water to boil on the stove.

When you have finished preparing the beans, drop them into the boiling water for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, take them off the stove, drain them in the sink, and rinse them with cold water until the cool down. (Sometimes I even save the rinse water by having a bowl underneath the colander and then dump it onto my garden after.)

Once the beans have dripped dry, place them into your salad bowl.

Add 1/2 cup jarred sundried tomatoes in olive oil. They come cut-up or not. If they are not chopped, you will have to chop them.

Add a few swirls of good olive oil.

Add 3 cloves finely chopped garlic.

Add add 1 1/2 cups grated Asiago Cheese.

Add fresh ground pepper.

Add a pinch of salt.

Toss until beans are covered.

This is good the next day too!