I found these lovely yellow beans at the farmer’s market the other week. They soon found their way to my table dressed in sauteed garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and topped with fresh basil. Lovely!
This is the type of dish that showcases fresh, local vegetables. It’s simple to make, very flavorful, a filling side dish, and packed full of important nutrients.
Green beans are plentiful right now in our area. I want to take advantage of them being in season while I can, so this dish is sure to grace our table again!
Garlic Green/Yellow Beans
This recipe is easy to change around to suite your taste. Other fresh herbs would be wonderful as well. Make sure you add adequate amounts of sea salt (it brings out all of the flavors).
About a pound of green or yellow green beans
3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 heaping tablespoons fresh, minced basil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1- With a stainless steel, steamer basket, placed in a pot with lid, bring a few inches of water to boil. Add green/yellow beans and reduce heat and steam for about 7 minutes.
2-Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat olive oil until hot, and add garlic. Watching closely, and stirring, allow the garlic to brown slightly, and then take off of the heat.
3- Add the vinegar, and some salt (about 1/2 teaspoon) and freshly ground pepper.
4-In a pretty bowl, place the steam green beans and the basil. Toss with the garlic oil and vinegar dressing. Adjust the flavors with salt, oil and vinegar as needed (which shouldn’t be much) and serve.