String Bean and Mint Salad

This refreshing salad improves in flavor if allowed to rest for a while before it's served.

String Bean and Mint Salad
This refreshing salad improves in flavor if allowed to rest for a while before it's served.
Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • Several generous pinches salt
  • 12 lb. string beans, trimmed
  • 12 lb. wax beans, trimmed
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add several generous pinches salt and 12 lb. each trimmed string beans and wax beans and cook until just tender, 5–7 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the leaves from 1 bunch fresh mint and set aside. Mix together 1 minced peeled clove garlic, juice from half a lemon, 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, half the chopped mint leaves, and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste in a large bowl; set aside. Drain beans and cool under cold running water; drain thoroughly. Transfer beans to bowl and toss to mix well. Adjust seasonings. Just before serving, toss beans with remaining mint.