Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Green Bean Salad w/ Corn & Basil


I keep searching for great green bean recipes for my everlasting bush bean harvest.
How many Nicoise Salads can one girl eat?

I found this nice summer salad on Eating Well and it lasted a few days in the fridge. Was nice served with a piece of grilled fish.

The tabasco sauce really gave it a nice zing.
I added feta cheese, cause everything is betta w/ a little feta!

This is a good summer salad to have in your recipe arsenal.

Green Bean & Corn Salad w/ Basil & Olives (adapted from Eating Well):

2 pounds green beans, trimmed
3 ears corn, husked (you can use frozen kernels if you don't have fresh corn)
1/2 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2/3 cup black kalamata olives (not the canned stuff), halved and pitted
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup of feta cheese (optional)

Dressing:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
a few dashes of hot sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste
Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

Since I was using leftover cooked corn on the cob, I skipped the step of cooking the corn.

Boil a pot of water and cook your green beans for 3-5 minutes, depending on their size.
Put them in a colander to drain and immediately put them in an ice bath (or run them under freezing cold water) to set the color and stop the cooking process.

Cook the corn for 2 minutes in boiling, salted water. You can also grill the corn and slice it off the husks like I do (frozen corn is fine too, don't forget to defrost it).

Mix everything together in a large bowl and make the dressing.
Add the dressing and toss. Taste and season with salt & pepper.

Can be made a few hours before and served at room temperature.


Enjoy!

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10 comments:

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Great salad! I still have not bought fresh corn. I am waiting for the jersey corn.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Pretty, pretty, love the colors!

Anonymous said...

I posted a great way to cook ears of fresh corn in the microwave (one post and a correction/addition).

Disappeared. Posting as Anonymous is not acceptable?

Bebe

The Japanese Redneck said...

i like those kind of plants that keep giving

Stacey Snacks said...

Bebe
You can always post as anonymous. Not sure where your comments went...... I received them in an email.
Thanks for the good ideas in cooking corn
Stacey

Christine said...

Perfect timing! I have everything on hand for making this.

Joanne said...

Green beans are actually one of the few veggies I don't LOVE. But then again...I love everything with feta! Def have to try this.

Mollie said...

That sounds wonderful. I had a great corn and bean salad this evening and now I want to move on and try this !! Anything with basil, feta and kalamata olives is great.

Bites from life with the barking lot said...

My taste buds are ready for this one. Feta and hot sauce must ad an interesting flavor layer. My bean plants are 4 inches high so i have a ways to go!

nonnie said...

Looks like just what I need to do with the beans I bought at the market.