Ontario green beans are back in season! If you're heading out to a farmers' market this week, make sure to pick up a batch for this easy & healthy recipe. Here is my step-by-step pictorial for easy gourmet green beans. I have made this recipe for friends/family and for special occasions. It's always a big hit and a fancy way to dress up your vegetables. Thoroughly rinse off 1 lb. of green beans and prepare homemade vinaigrette - see recipe here.
Trim the ends off of the green beans and bring water to a boil
Lay out your pitted dates
Toast up the slivered almonds in a hot frying pan. Shake and stir every once in awhile to make sure the nuts are not burning.
Give the dates a rough chop up while the almonds toast up
Cook the beans in boiling water 30 seconds at a time in small batches. Look for when they turn bright green. Dunk your hot green beans into a cold ice water bath for 30 seconds to stop the cooking process. Pat dry and set aside in a serving bowl.
Warm 1/3 cup of your homemade vinaigrette to a simmer in a large pan. Once heated, add the green beans to warm through. Transfer back to your serving dish and toss with almonds, orange segments, shallot and dates to combine. Add salt to taste and drizzle with more warm dressing, sprinkle with chopped almonds and paprika before serving.
I like serving this dish with a side of thick, crusty bread and some Manchego cheese. Get a little fancier by frying up sliced chorizo sausage and mixing up a pitcher of sangria. Enjoy!
For the full recipe, ingredients and measurements, visit Shape Magazine.