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Hazelnut-green bean salad

Published On: Oct 04 2011 11:26:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Dec 06 2011 09:26:45 AM CST
familymeal

Hazelnut oil lends its distinctive flavor and aroma to this salad. I like to serve the mixture atop spicy arugula leaves.

Ingredients:

¼ c. hazelnut oil

3 tbsp. red wine vinegar

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper, or to taste

1/8 tsp. salt, or to taste

Salad

3 c. green beans in 2-inch lengths (about 12 ounces)

½ c. minced red bell pepper

2 tbsp. minced onion

Preparation:

To make the dressing, Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

To make the salad, Put the green beans in a medium microwave-proof dish; add about ¼ cup water. Cover tightly and microwave on high for about 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the beans. (Or cook the beans in a stovetop steamer.) Rinse with cold water and drain well.

Transfer the beans to a medium bowl. Add the bell pepper and onion; toss. Whisk the vinaigrette; add it to the salad and toss again. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Use a slotted spoon to strain the beans for serving.

YIELD: 4 servings

Advance preparation

This salad will keep for up to 3 days in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator.