5 Salads in 5 Days: Mediterranean Mixed Bean Salad
Serves: 4
 
A refreshing mixed bean salad with a Mediterranean influence
Ingredients
  • 280 g (10 oz) green beans, trimmed
  • 280 g (10 oz) yellow beans, trimmed
  • 1 large red pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 4 - 6 tbsp. capers (optional)
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 10 g (1/3 cup) chopped tarragon
  • 20 g (2/3 cup) flat leaf parsley (or mixture of parsley and corander)
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • For the lemon vinaigrette dressing
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • 2½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C (360 F).
  2. Fill large saucepan with salted water and bring to a boil; add the green and yellow beans, reduce heat and cook for 4 – 5 minutes until beans are cooked but still a bit crunchy. Refresh the beans by soaking briefly in ice-cold water, drain and pat dry and place in large mixing bowl.
  3. Slice the red pepper into quarters and rub well with olive oil. Place the peppers in oven with skin-side facing up. Bake for several minutes until the peppers become tender, remove from oven and slice into thin strips. Add peppers to bowl with the cooked beans.
  4. Prepare the lemon dressing: whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and salt/pepper. Add the dressing to the beans and red peppers and toss.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a saucepan or skillet, add the minced garlic, cumin coriander seeds and capers. Cook for several minutes then add to the mixing bowl containing the beans and red pepper,
  6. Slice the spring onion into pieces about 1 inch long, then slice again lengthwise. Add to the bean mixture, along with the tarragon, parsley, lemon zest and salt/pepper.
  7. Toss well and serve at room temperature.
Recipe by G'day Soufflé at http://www.gdaysouffle.com/5-salads-in-5-days-mediterranean-mixed-bean-salad/