Monday, January 10, 2011

Haricots Vert with Pink Himalayan Salt--Really!

As I wandered the aisles of my favorite warehouse store last week, I came across two-pound bags of French green beans.  Fresh!  These days, my French is pretty much limited to asking directions and reading menus.  I'm not sure if they are haricots vert, haricot vert or haricots verts.  I do know they are delicious.

I could hardly contain my anticipation of putting these delicious green vegetables on our table and doing so in a simple way.


French Green Beans with Pink Himalayan Salt

1 pound of harcots vert, rinsed.  Do not cut off the tips or attempt to string.

Place beans in a steamer over boiling water for three minutes.  Remove and set aside until ready to finish.

In a skillet large enough to hold the beans, saute one large shallot, thinly sliced, in 1 Tbsp of olive oil until browned and starting to caramalize.

Add the beans and toss with the shallots until heated through.

Sprinkle with Pink Himalayan Salt (or table salt) to taste.




Here it is.  Lovely to look at and, if one believes the literature, a real boon to health.  It's actually a form of Halite (rock salt) that is mined in Pakistan.  It's color is the result of iron oxide.  If you look closely at the photo of the green beans, you'll see it sprinkled about.  

I do believe we felt pretty good after ingesting some.  Or, maybe that was due to the beans!!

ENJOY!  

30 comments:

  1. Great recipe..and fabulous colors!!!Have a nice day, hugs, Flavia

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  2. The beans and the salt are lovely to see this cold moring, Bonnie. I really enjoy simple and fresh. How can you beat that?

    Thank you so much for clearing up the marsala question. I had trouble with the e-mail feature also.

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  3. I gave some Pink Humalayam salt to a friend for Christmas. It said on the package that you could also use it for cooking as well as in the bath:D

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  4. I love these beans and will ususally bring home a package whenever I shop there. They are so good!

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  5. This dish sounds like a nutritional masterpiece! Healthy veggie, healthy salt, and delicious as well! Perfect.

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  6. It almost looks like little pink rocks. I have several different kinds of salt myself, but nothing like this. Wherever did you find it? The green beans look really good and I'm looking forward to fixing them this way. It may have to be regular ones, though. Hard to find the fresh french in the produce aisle.

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  7. Bonnie,
    Just wonderful. Your pictures are wonderful. I have not spent time with my rebel. Need to do that soon!

    Have a great week.

    Carol

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  8. Sounds like a really great recipe!

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  9. How amazing is pink salt?! Where do you find that?

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  10. you really have a talent for taking food photos. mine are never as good as yours. maybe since i am a non cooking person, the food knows

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  11. I have some of that salt--it's so pretty AND good! I think it makes everything taste better.

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  12. I love using new salts. I had a favorite, it was a smoked sea saLt, in a grinder. SO good! They stopped making it. DARN! Yes, I opened an Etsy shop! The address in on upper right hand side of my blog. I will be adding things little by little to it.
    You lived very near me if you lived in La Jolla. I live in Corona.

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  13. The Pink Himalayan salt got my interest ... I assumed India as there are so many salt mines there. It's hard to imagine salt being good for you. Actually the thick chunks of this salt looks like the rock salt we were hoping to find for our ice storm! At our former house, on a hill with a steep drive, it was necessary to keep in the front closet so we could sprinkle our way to get the mail at the bottom of the slick driveway!

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  14. I love the coarseness as well as the color of the salt. It would be a terrific finish for many dishes. I hope all is well. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  15. Great shots, Bonnie. Simply prepared fresh green beans are the perfect post holiday dish. I'll have to look for that lovely salt when I'm out shopping.

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  16. Ah it looks quite good. I love pink and green together so it makes for a cool combination!! Thanks for the visit and telling me about the Marsala--I do sometimes travel to Charleston. Actually I was there this Saturday helping my son move up to our old cottage. He will be the keeper there for a time until it sells.

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  17. I won a small jar of the pink Himalayan salt last month. Still haven't tried it. Now I have the perfect dish.

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  18. Where on earth do you get that salt and the taste, any different than say "sea salt"?

    Picture perfect dish. I call it sa dish as I would not want anything else with it.

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  19. I love Haricots Vert in any way has long as they are not overcooked.It is so nice to see all the different salts; I alwasy stick to Fleurs de sel; I must get more adventurous.

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  20. Using that gorgeous salt is something like making the decision that we deserve eating on our good China. LOL
    I have seen this specialty at the gourmet shop alongside an array of so many interesting worldly salts. I perused the shelf and slipped away with my usual. How boring of me. Next time, I need to be more daring like you Bonnie;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  21. I love the color of the salt. I bet it gave a beautiful flavor to the vegetables.

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  22. Simple is always best...I will look for the pink salt but it may not be available in my neck of the woods.

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  23. They look yummy! There is nothing like bright green beans! Carla

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  24. I am not familiar with this salt--it is very pretty though.

    Happy Tuesday.

    Melinda

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  25. Hi Bonnie, I'm glad you told us what your title meant!! I wasn't sure what food you were going to show us... ha ha ...

    I love French Green Beans ---and yours look delicious. Thanks for sharing... YUM.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  26. Lovely way to finish my day dear. Thank you.

    Ok, my problem with these is that they seem to continue cooking after I remove from boiling water. Do you ice or dip yours in water?

    The salt is lovely, lovely. Think of its pedigree.

    Sending a warm hug,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  27. The pink Himalayan salt is truly stunning! And I loved how simply you dressed your green beans...there is no other way to do it! Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe with me. I hope you had a lovely Monday. I am trying to stay warm in Austin…we finally got a cold snap down here!

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  28. What beautiful pictures!! Thanks for the gift.

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  29. Pretty salt! And no matter what you call them, those are beautiful beans! :)

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