Saturday, July 2, 2011

Green Bean & Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

The lazy days of summer are finally here!  With them is a season ripe with all things good-for-you, like the produce bursting from local farmer's market stalls and stands.  Green beans are now is season and this recipe is a great way to serve fresh green beans.  There is a reason beans show up at ever summer cookout - they travel well and can be served at room temperature. Perfect for hot days! Next time you're asked to being a covered dish, bring this salad - it will disappear in no time!


For the vinaigrette, whisk:  
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar (I used red)
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. minced shallots or red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
 Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper and set aside.

For the salad:
  • 3 lbs. red or yellow new potatoes, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise 
Cover potatoes with cold salted water in a pot.  Bring water to a boil, and cook potatoes until tender, about 6-8 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon, and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Pour 3/4 cup vinaigrette over warm potatoes; let cool, 20-30 minutes.
Boil green beans in same pot of water until tender, 4-5 minutes.  Transfer beans to a large bowl and toss with remaining vinaigrette; set aside to cool.


Cook 6 strips bacon, diced in a skillet until crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.


Gently stir potatoes and green beans and season with salt and pepper.  Top with bacon.
For a vegetarian version, simply omit the bacon.
 As you can see, I like lots of pepper!
~Adapted from Cuisine at Home


Green Bean & Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

6 comments:

  1. Wow! Your recipes look delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Be sure to link up your recipes on my Melt in Your Mouth Monday Blog Hop!

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  2. What a great idea. To combine green beans with potato salad. Yum!

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  3. I make a great hot dish with green beans and potatoes, but never thought about serving it cold. I LOVE this cold bean and potato salad! Wonderful vinaigrette and great idea to finish it off with BACON!!!! Have a great Sunday!

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  4. Oh wow, this looks good! I love my potato salad to be tangy rather than creamy, so perfect for me! Love the beans and bacon too :) Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  5. The subject of this week's Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is Salad. It would be great if you linked this in. This is the link .

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