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Fresh Bean & Tomato Salad with Caesar Dressing

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This refreshing salad features green beans, sliced tomatoes and basil drizzled with a lovely vinaigrette topped with a sprinkling of pine nuts and pecorino.

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Ingredients

  • VINAIGRETTE:
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated pecorino cheese, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • SALAD:
  • 1 pound green beans, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 bunch basil, leaves torn

Details

Servings 4
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 40mins
Adapted from foodtv.com

Preparation

Step 1

For the vinaigrette: In a skillet over medium-low heat, toast the pine nuts, stirring occasionally, until golden and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. (Alternatively, place the pine nuts on a baking sheet and toast in a 350°F oven until golden, 6 to 8 minutes.)

In a blender, combine the mayonnaise, pecorino, toasted pine nuts, lemon juice, Dijon, anchovies, Worcestershire, cayenne and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

For the salad: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the beans until crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the beans to a serving plate and add the sliced tomatoes and torn basil. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, and sprinkle with some pine nuts and the 2 tablespoons pecorino. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

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