Friday, August 19, 2011

Gourmet Purple Green Bean (Nicoise inspired) Salad with Lemon Butter sauce

Purple Green Beans?
For those of you who have never seen these lovely aubergine colored beans before, they are very similar to your regular French Green Bean, only I note a slightly nuttier and sweeter flavor. French Green Beans are also known as Haricot verts - which is kind of more fun to say while channeling my French ancestry
I had to buy a bunch of these beans from the market last week, especially when I heard that they won't be around forever (due to the changing season).
Thanks again to my wonderful pals over at AtV's facebook page for piping in on what they'd like to see today. I have a couple other ingredients in my fridge that I was mulling over, but these purple beans won the vote, and that is why you get to see this recipe!
One more thing about this pretty purple veggie: When cooked, the pretty dark purple color turns to green (how sad!)...but we don't have to worry about that at AtV.

Important Note About This Recipe
This is a No Food Processor/Dehydrator Needed Recipe! Yay!
My inspiration for this dish comes from the very popular Nicoise Salad. While my salad is still fairly different from the Nicoise, you'll find the addition of Parsnip to be reminiscent of potato, and I may have even added something "egg-like" at the very end. 
Don't have Mellow White Miso?
This recipe calls for a Lemon Butter sauce, similar to the herb butter in this recipe, but since a few of you have chimed in saying that you don't have access to Mellow White Miso, I took it out and made a wonderful substitute! So pay close attention - k?
Warming Methods  
I normally note Warming Methods at the end of a recipe, but since Warming is optional here I wanted to note them at the beginning instead. There's a couple of different ways you can warm this salad:
Dehydrator: thinly spread salad over your dehydrator sheet, and let it warm for about 30 minutes.
Oven: Set your oven at it's very lowest heat, leave the oven door cracked open. Thinly spread your salad contents evenly out onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Let them warm (with your oven door cracked open) for about 30 minutes.
Tenderizing Method
Tenderizing: This is fairly important (and awesome too) if you're wanting more of a steamed or blanched texture to your Green Beans without cooking them. Yes - it's possible!  It's very simple, and only requires a little bit of patience. After you've added your Lemon Butter to your Salad place it in the fridge to marinade for up 3 hours (overnight is even better). After your salad has marinaded proceed to warm it using one of the methods above. Eat your salad warm, or place it in the fridge to chill again. 
Gourmet Purple Green Bean Salad with Lemon Butter Sauce
Makes enough for two portions
Step 1. 
Beans & Veggies
3/4 lb of Purple Green Beans (or regular French Green Beans)
Slice your Green Beans on the bias, showcasing their lovely bright green insides...
Add to your bowl of Beans:
1/4 c Chive - chopped
1/4 c Purple Bell Pepper //or// another colored pepper - chopped
1/3 c Parsnip - finely grated
3 Tbsp fresh Dill - minced
Set your veggies aside, and move on to the next step.
Step 2. 
Lemon Butter Sauce
You'll need two bowls for this recipe
6 Macadamia Nuts - grated into a fine fluffy powder:
Place your grated nuts into a bowl and set them aside.
In a separate bowl add:
4 Tbsp Canola Oil //or// any kind of Oil that is mild in flavor - just not Olive Oil
3 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 heaping tsp Date Paste
3/4 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
It'll be a little lumpy, but that's okay...
Now add 
All of your Fluffy Grated Macadamia Nuts
3 Tbsp Water
As you whisk in your Grated Macadamia fluff (and water) you will notice it dissolve into the liquid.
Step 3.
Putting it all together:
Add your Lemon Butter Sauce to your Bowl of Beans and Veggies, and mix it all together!
Proceed to Warm and/or Tenderize your Salad by using the methods noted at the top of this recipe.
Plate it up, garnish with a Lemon wedge, Sea Salt and Pepper to taste...
Out of sheer impulse I decided to add a side of Deviled Eggless Eggs to this dish, because it just seemed right...
This is seriously my new favorite salad! 
One more thing...
Did you know that the curly ends of green beans are called "Elf Shoes"? 
Lucy and Elmer are certainly fans of Purple Green beans too...
Wishing you all a very happy and very yummy weekend!

Sarahfae - AtV


  1. Yum! This dish looks great! I also grow purple beans, they are lovely!



  2. PS

    If you don't mind i have put your blog in my blogroll :-)

  3. LOL @ the little dogs :) great pics again

  4. Your pups are soooo cute! For as much as I love me some veggies, I have a hard time chowing down on green beans. I'm thinking this recipe might change this!

  5. this salad looks delicious - i won't be able to find purple beans where i live but i'll definitely try the dressing. Lovely dogs.