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Green Bean and Almond Salad

This Green Bean and Almond Salad is a simple, delicious combination of flavours.  It is a great salad to make when entertaining as you can prepare it and quickly assemble it just prior to serving.  So many ‘green’ fussy kids I’ve had to dinner have loved this salad; it’s sure to become a family favourite.

Why is it healthy?
Green beans are a fantastic source of fibre and protective antioxidants (carotenoids and flavonoids especially).  Almonds are a rich source of protein, monounsaturated fats, many fat soluble vitamins and a plethora of minerals.  The lemon juice and zest are full of immune boosting vitamins and phytonutrients.

Also…
Leftovers are great for lunch boxes.

Serves 4 (as a side salad)

Ingredients
500g green beans, top and tailed
¼ cup slivered or flaked almonds
100g feta cheese, crumbled

Dressing
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Zest one lemon, finely grated
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste 

Method

  1. Top and tail your beans (my daughter does this for me) and steam for two minutes.  Remove and rinse well under cold water to stop the beans from cooking.  This is the only tricky part of this recipe…you really don’t want to overcook the beans!
  2. Under a slow grill, toast the almonds watching them carefully (I hate it when I burn the buggers).
  3. Mix your dressing by combining well (shake together in a small jar).
  4. Assemble and dress just prior to serving.

 

Variations

Dairy-free
Replace the feta with a cashew nut cheese.

Nut-free
Replace the almonds with toasted sunflower seeds.

Add Pomegranate
This salad is lovely with pomegranate seeds added.

Make it go further
Add 2 cups of baby spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes.

Make a meal of it
This is delicious with grilled lamb, chicken or fish.

If green beans are out of season?
Replace with lightly steamed snow peas or sugar snap peas.

 

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  • louessence

    Another Friday night winner coming on I think! Your recipes always come at just the right time. Have a lovely weekend.

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