Green beans are king right now, abundant and priced right. They pass their prime quickly, so use them soon after purchase.
For a good, fresh taste, create never-canned, never-frozen fresh French-cut green beans. They easy! Simply snip off the stem end and place them horizontally in the hopper above your food processor’s the slicing blade. In a flash, they’re Frenched!
Blanch the cut beans for about five minutes. Taste for your doneness preference. They should still crunch some. Plunge into ice water.
Now you are ready to make a Make-ahead Nicoise Salad:
COMBINE IN LARGE BOWL:
French-cut green beans
Cooked, sliced red potatoes
Chopped fresh tomatoes
Green and black olives, halved
Chopped red onion
Dress lightly (recipe below), mix all gently and refrigerate at least an hour.
Arrange on a bed of lettuce.
Sliced hard-boiled egg
Chopped fresh parsley
2/3 c. Olive oil
¼ c. Lemon juice
½ t. Dijon mustard
Whisk together with your favorite herbs, salt and pepper to taste.