We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of fresh local produce. With the rain and cool temperatures, it will be awhile before we have even asparagus. When I found bags of those wonderful French green beans (haricot vert) at Costco, I knew we would have this salad for dinner and a few lunches to come. Even though they had traveled quite a way, they were very good.
After two days of thinking we'd need to make ark reservations, the rain has stopped and it's spitting snow outside!! Undaunted, I'm sharing my spring salad with you.
Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Green onions
1 pound haricot vert
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp superfine sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Green onions, thinly sliced
1. Start a pot of water, deep enough to cover the beans, to boiling. Add salt and the beans. Cook until the beans are fork tender, about five minutes. Drain and put the beans into a bowl. Add the tomatoes and onions.
2. Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil.
3. Pour enough of the dressing into the hot beans, tomatoes and onions to coat and toss well. Cover the bowl and leave at room temperature until they are cool. Refrigerate and enjoy until they are gone.