Haricots Verts Salad with Parmesan and Pine Nuts



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1 pound french beans (haricots verts)
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons shaved parmesan
2 tablespoons garlic oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper

1. Trim beans on the stem end. Fill a medium size saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Prepare an ice bath (a medium size bowl filled with ice and water.) Once the water is boiling, add the french beans and cook for three minutes. You want them still to be crisp, not mushy, and bright green. Drain and immediately plunge in the ice bath. Add more ice to keep the water cold. Once cold throughout, drain.

2. While waiting for the water to boil, toast the pine nuts by placing them on a baking sheet in a toaster oven on "toast." Once they start to brown a bit, remove from the toaster oven and cool. You can also do this in a saute pan or oven.

3. Rinse the bowl you used for the ice bath. In that same bowl, add 2 tablespoons of the garlic oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Whisk to emulsify. Add the cold french beans and minced red onion. Salt & pepper to taste. Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts and shaved parmesan on top and serve.


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