Food from the Farm: Green Bean and Mint Salad

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A CSA shareholder from Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre, MA, named Kara Kennedy shared this recipe with her CSA, and they passed it along to us to share with you! Many Hands Organic Farm has an exceptionally good recipe collection on their website.

This is a very quick, very tasty side dish. I couldn't imagine how the mint would go with the beans, but ended up liking it a lot. The only change I made was to steam the beans in a large frying pan in about 1/2 of water, rather than bringing a large pot of water to a boil. My kitchen was about 90 degrees already the night I tested this recipe, and I was glad to not heat up the kitchen any more than necessary! Either way, in the time it takes to steam them, you'll have the rest of the ingredients prepped and waiting in a big bowl. Toss the cool beans with the dressing and serve.

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, broken into two-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the beans; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until beans are bright green and crisp-tender. Drain the beans and run them under cold water to stop the cooking. Toss beans in a big serving bowl with 1/2 cup of the mint, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. When ready to serve, toss in the remaining 1/4 cup mint so you have some perky looking herbs on the plate. Makes 6 side dish servings.

By: | Jul 27, 2012 02:19 PM | Permalink
The big pot of water comes from Julia Childs...I think it works great! Jeanne

By: | Jul 27, 2012 02:18 PM | Permalink
The big pot of water comes from Julia Childs...I think it works great! Jeanne

By: Gwendolyn Kok | Jul 27, 2012 03:11 AM | Permalink
I love the combination of these ingredients....I don't boil water because of the heat this summer in southern Iowa...but oh how I love using coconut oil and garlic to lightly cook the beans! Then I salt and then freshly grind pepper and add mint and lemon juiceat the end....yum! Great recipe...sometimes simple is best! We often forget how just a few ingredients can make a multitude of dishes. I give this 5 stars!


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