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Warm Green Bean Salad

Serves 4


  • 450 grams/1 pound string beans or haricot vert
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • Chopped herbs – parsley, chervil, basil, or tarragon


  1. Trim both ends of the beans.
  2. Add the beans to a large pot of boiling salted water, and cook just until they turn bright green.  They will still be on the firm side.
  3. Drain them and lay them on a clean kitchen towel to dry for a few minutes.
  4. Toss the beans while warm with enough oil to coat well.
  5. Add the lemon juice and herbs.
  6. Serve immediately.

If you plan to serve them later, either dress them just before serving or add the lemon juice at the last minute. This salad is also delicious cold.