Salade des Haricots Verts

13 May

Last week, the Serious Eats site released the challenge of making a great weekend meal by cleaning out your pantry.  I was so inspired by the idea I made two… well, it was really a whole meal composed of the main course, Spinach Puffed Empanadas, and this side salad with French green beans and lettuce, directly from by CSA basket.

  Salade Haricots Verts


a handful of French green beans or haricots verts, trimmed of the stem end
5-6 leaves of lettuce, I used a local “del país” lettuce, but any buttery lettuce will do
½ tomato, chopped
½ cucumber, peeled if it’s not organic and chopped
The juice of ½ a lemon
Extra-virgin olive oil                                                                                                                    
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a small to medium covered sauce pan, bring about ½ inch of water to a boil.  Salt the water with about ½ tsp of salt and place the green beans.  Cover the saucepan again and wait about 1 minute.  Turn the heat off and let the green beans steam for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Mix together in a salad bowl the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and cooked green beans.  Pour over it the lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste and toss to combine.


 Spinach Empanada 5

Serve alongside a Spinach Puffed Empanada or the main course of your choice…

2 Responses to “Salade des Haricots Verts”

  1. Tonya May 18, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    I just found your blog while searching through food buzz! I am also a vegetarian and recently began a blog to share my veggie lifestyle with friends. I have been working on another blog for awhile about books and have developed a but of a following but wanted another challenge. It’s nice to know there are other veggie bloggers out there! I look forward to reading about your recipes.

  2. Annette May 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Oh yum. The empanada and the haricot verts salad both look so wonderful….I get so hungry reading your blog! Thank you for posting all this wonderful stuff.

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