Green beans are one of the most popular vegetables, as they are versatile, nutritious and delicious. While they’re available year-round, you’ll find them at their freshest from May to October. Here’s one of our favorite green bean dishes, as it’s delightfully simple and savory.
- First, blanch the green beans. To do so, bring a pot of water to a boil. Then, submerge the trimmed green beans in the boiling water for 3 minutes. Next, remove, drain and plunge the green beans in an ice water bath. Drain again and set them aside in a serving bowl or dish.
- Cook bacon on a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Being careful to keep bacon drippings in the pan, remove the bacon strips and set them aside to chop when cooled.
- Add shallots to the pan with bacon drippings, return to the stove and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Add shallots to the green beans along with the O Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil, O Citrus Champagne Vinegar, salt and chopped bacon. Gently stir to combine the ingredients.
- Sprinkle walnuts and parsley over the dish and garnish with thinly sliced lemon before serving.
Tip: Toast the walnuts for a tasty twist. To do so, heat your oven to 350° F, spread whole walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet with a pinch of kosher salt. Roast for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove when they begin to brown and smell toasted. Cool, chop and toss them into your dish. Enjoy!