Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bean And Tomato Salad

I normally call this Green Bean and Tomato Salad.

But a dear friend surprised me with 
a giant bag of green and yellow beans from 
her garden yesterday.

So, I used them all!

And as usual, I didn't measure anything.

So, you just get to play with the amounts
and cook to your taste.

Bean and Tomato Salad

What you need:

Fresh green or yellow beans
2 or 3 fresh tomatoes
1 onion
Garlic cloves
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Dried dill
Fresh ground black pepper
Sea Salt

What to do:

Rinse your beans and cut the stem ends off.
You can cut the 
beans in smaller pieces, 
but I really like the beans long.
Steam your beans until they are tender
but not mushy.

While your beans are steaming, chop your tomatoes,
onions and garlic.  Put them all in a bowl and
mix them all together.  Pour vinegar and olive
oil over the tomatoes, onions and garlic.
Season with dill, fresh ground pepper
and sea salt. Mix all together and taste.
Play with it and determine if you need more
of anything to get to the taste you like.
This concoction is so good, you may just
eat it right away, or spoon it onto sourdough bread.
It is pretty much like Bruschetta.
Oh yum!

Once your beans are steamed, drain them and
dump them into a large bowl. Pour
 the tomato mixture on top.
Gently mix it all together.
The steamed beans absorb
all the yummyness!

You can eat this hot or cold.
It is pretty outrageous either way.

You can add fresh basil, or dried cranberries,
or Kalamata olives. 
You can shave Parmigiana Reggiano cheese
over the top if you want. 
These are wonderful additions!
I am enjoying some right now!