Super simple summer salads | Green beans and tomato salad with a mustard dressing

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Most of our summer lunches are leftovers complemented by pâtés, cheeses, bread, and salads. This French classic is one of my favorite. It is also a particularly good companion for grilled pork chops or slow roasted lamb shoulders.

Green beans

Very good tomatoes (preferably heirloom)

Small red onions (fresh if possible)

Fresh mint

Fresh basil

1 Tbsp strong mustard

2 Tbsps red wine vinegar

Pinch sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 Tbsps olive oil

Dash balsamic vinegar

Trim and wash the green beans.

In a large saucepan, bring salted water to boil and cook the beans for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how al dente and crunchy you like them. Plunge the beans in ice water so they stop cooking and retain their color. Let cool completely (they can be kept for a few hours before using).

Wash and cut the tomatoes into wedges of approximately the same size.

Peel and slice the onions crosswise as thinly as possible.

Wash and chop the mint and basil.

Prepare the dressing in a jam jar: first mix the mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Shake well. Add the olive oil, shake well again. Add the balsamic vinegar, shake again. **This makes a generous quantity of dressing. Use only just enough to coat the beans – they shouldn’t be drenched in the sauce. Keep the rest of the dressing for another salad.**

Dress the beans lightly, toss, and arrange on a plate. Add the tomatoes, onions, and herbs. Toss again gently, and serve.

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2 Responses to “Super simple summer salads | Green beans and tomato salad with a mustard dressing”

  1. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com Says:

    Just so happens I’m growing some excellent little heirlooms this year and have a lot of ripe ones right now. My basil is doing well, but I’ll have to pick up some mint (never got around to planting it) for this.

    • valerie Says:

      Oh how lucky to have ripe tomatoes in your garden! Mint is all I have around here, but the markets were bursting with heirlooms this summer, even in (usually) rainy Brittany. Hope you enjoyed the salad.

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