Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Green Beans with Walnuts & Lemon Vinaigrette

Lately, I've been trying to pay more attention to our sides. Usually, our vegetable side dishes are simply steamed or grilled vegetables. Kind of boring. Sometimes the grilled veggies get tossed with some fresh herbs, but usually we forget because we're so focused on the other parts of the meal. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to liven up our green beans: Green Beans with Walnuts & Lemon Vinaigrette.

It was a nice change, but I can't help but think it's so much more work and so much more time consuming. There are definitely more dirty dishes. Cook the beans in a pot of boiling water, drain them in a colander, put them in a serving bowl, and make a vinaigrette in a measuring cup to pour on top. That's 4 things, plus a whisk & measuring spoons. Simply steaming them in the microwave in a casserole dish: one dirty dish plus a serving spoon.

However, I really like the crisper texture from cooking the beans in boiling water for 5-6 minutes and the extra lemon and walnut flavor was quite nice. I like the crisper texture enough to cook the beans more often that way instead of in the microwave. I'll just complain about the extra dishes.

We omitted the shallot and instead of lemon peel strips we used fresh grated lemon zest, which you cannot see in the photo. Next time, I would cut the green beans into one inch pieces, I think I would try to find and purchase the walnut oil (we used olive oil) for extra walnut flavor, and I might try the lemon peel strips instead of zest.

Recipe here.

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