Cold Green Bean Salad


A super, simple, summer side dish!! Full of flavor and can be put together with the snap of a finger!

 

  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 1/8 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

       

Before anything, wash off your fresh green beans and pick off the stems on each end.

Are they called stems? I don’t really know but that’s what they look like..

Next, p lace them in a boiling pot of water to cook for about 6 minutes until they become a little tender.

After 6 minutes, place them into an ice bath for about 10 minutes.

It literally just consists of water and ice cubes. This will allow them to stop cooking after coming out of the boiling water. Usually when people do this, they are “blanching” the vegetables and then freezing them. Doing this will also the green beans to be nice an crisp!

Transfer the beans from the ice bath to a bowl to start the seasoning process.

Start by pouring the oil and vinegar over the beans to coat and toss them around.

Next –  the salt, pepper and onion powder and again, toss to coat.

On to the good stuff! THE GARLIC!!!!

Give it all one last good toss and give it a taste. If you feel it doesn’t give you that little vinegar punch you need for taste, add another tablespoon, toss and taste again. I did have to add a little more but I like to taste the vinegar. Also, taste for salt as well. Add a little more if it needs it! It’s all about your taste buds people…all about the buds.

Mangia!