Sunday, 10 August 2014

French bean, tomato and cumin salad


I love using fresh seasonal produce in recipes and its even better if that produce is freshly picked from the garden. As per usual I am fighting a loosing battle with the courgette plants in the garden and it was whilst picking the a fore mentioned vegetable, I spotted that my lovely golden french bean plants were starting to crop. I find French beans are always better eaten young and the golden variety we are are growing this year is pleasantly waxy.

This is a great dish to serve along side a grilled steak or chicken fillet or just on its own with other salads and has a pleasant aromatic spiciness which is lovely warm or cold, it also usefully uses a few small tomatoes too homegrown if you have those too. It would be a great take along dish for a bbq or party, much more exciting than the standard coleslaw.

What you need
  • French beans - topped and tailed (not too large pods)
  • Butter - a good sized knob
  • Tomato - 1 large or couple of small - chopped 
  • Clove of garlic - crushed
  • Freshly ground cumin - 1 tsp ish
  • Salt - pinch
  • Pepper - to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves
What you do
  • Simmer the prepared beans in a little salted water until tender, but still with a little body.
  • Drain the beans and place in a small frying pan and cook with the butter, garlic, chopped tomato and cumin.
  • Cook for a few minutes until the tomato pieces are softened, remove from heat, season to taste.
  • Serve strewn with fresh corainder leaves
I'm joining in the foodie fun this month over on Tinned Tomatoes for No Croutons required.

                                                            

We are also linking up to Eat your Greens over at Allotment 2 kitchen


And finally we are linking up to The Spice Trail who's theme this month is Beach BBQ, hosted over on Bangers and Mash.                                                          
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4 comments:

Shaheen said...

Linzi, Yum - I am planning to make salad with my French beans too, but I am loving yours esp. with the addition of cumin and coriander, two of my fave ingredients. Thanks for sharing with #EatYourGreens

James said...

I saw you as a link on Accede IT website as a top 10 Lancashire Blogger. You have some great and traditional articles.

bangers-and-mash.com said...

Such a fresh and tasty summer salad, Linzi. A perfect entry for this month's Spice Trail challenge - thanks so much for linking up.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

So much nicer when the ingredients are all fresh. I'm loving this simple salad. Thanks for entering it into this month's No Croutons Required. The roundup is now live.

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