In my quest to add interest to my salad bar, I have frequently served Four Bean Salad along with the typical salad bar fare. Being both flavorful and colorful, it is always an excellent addition, yet at the same time, I wanted another green bean dish to serve as an alternative. Never really finding a recipe that I was satisfied with, I began experimenting. After several years (yes, years) of trial and error, I finally developed the recipe that I had envisioned, and its incredibly easy. I simply call it Marinated Green Beans. Not only is this recipe great as part of a salad bar, it works as a side dish for a family meal especially when serving Italian food, and it is also a convenient choice for potlucks and picnics since it contains no mayonnaise and can be served cold right from the cooler. Marinated Green Beans is a garden-friendly recipe as well, as it is a perfect way to use some of the produce from a prolific green bean patch. I will say that I experimented with a number of commercially prepared and homemade vinaigrette dressings and I kept coming back to Olive Garden brand Italian dressing, but feel free to do your own experimenting. Enjoy!
Marinated Green Beans
- 1 lb. young slender green beans
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2/3 cup Olive Garden Italian Dressing
- 2 – 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Dash cracked black pepper
- 1 – 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Wash and drain green beans and snap off blossom ends (snap off tails if desired).
- Bring a quart of water to a boil in a medium pot; add salt; add prepared green beans and cover.
- Once pot returns to a boil, set timer for four minutes (Cook time depends on size of green beans. If beans are a little thicker, add another minute to the cook time).
- Immediately plunge cooked green beans into very cold water to cool. Drain and set aside.
- Combine dressing ingredients and set aside.
- Arrange green beans in an air-tight container, drizzle dressing over beans, cover and refrigerate for at least two hours. (Swirl the beans around in the container from time to time while marinating).
- To serve, arrange green beans on a platter draining away most of the dressing. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Compliments of cookbooklady.com