Green Bean and Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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With the heat-o-meter high up in the stratosphere these days, I’m always looking for ways to keep cool. Spending hours in a hot, steamy kitchen, churning out heavy meals is not my idea of a good time! This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of what the summer’s best produce has to offer, and eat lots of salads. But, I’m not just talking about a slab of iceberg lettuce here, folks. Why not take the opportunity to get a little creative and take your salads to the next level, like with this light and lovely Green Bean and Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette?

Crisp tender green beans, potatoes, sweet grape tomatoes and thin slivers of red onion are paired with a zesty vinaigrette, and accented with Dijon mustard, lemon, garlic, honey and fresh herbs. The dressing is enriched with hard-boiled egg yolks for a bit of richness without the health risks associated with raw yolks, making it an excellent menu choice for extreme temperatures.

Any kind of green or yellow string beans will work in this recipe. However, if you can find the slender, little French green beans, known as haricots verts, go with those. They’re delightfully crunchy and they cook in half the time as regular green beans. The same goes for the potatoes. I like to use those tiny, little Yukon gold potatoes. You can boil them whole and they’re done in ten minutes.

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Of course, as with any dish, the end result is only as good as the ingredients you put into it. Make sure that all of your vegetables and herbs are super fresh, and please, please, please, people, use real Dijon mustard and the best extra virgin olive oil you can afford!

Paired with some succulent grilled meat or fish, this Green Bean and Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette makes a wonderful accompaniment to any meal, be it a picnic at the beach or dinner “al fresco” on your lanai.

 

10 responses to Green Bean and Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

  1. On July 29, 2011 at 2:12am, Rosa said...

    A beautiful salad! Lipsmackingly good.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. On July 29, 2011 at 3:00am, Katrina said...

    This sounds lovely!

  3. On July 29, 2011 at 8:07am, Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook said...

    We’ve pretty much refused to turn on our oven the past two weeks due to this disgusting heat. This looks like a delicious side to a nice grilled dinner. Making this one soon. Yum!

  4. On July 29, 2011 at 9:05am, bellini said...

    I saw some green beans at the market the other day perfect for this classic.

  5. On July 29, 2011 at 2:34pm, Michelle said...

    I love the freshness that green brings bring to a potato salad!

  6. On July 29, 2011 at 3:47pm, Shirley @ gfe said...

    That salad looks incredibly good, Susan! Anything cooling is a great thing right now. Love haricot verts!

    Shirley

  7. On July 29, 2011 at 4:02pm, Cindy B. said...

    This look sooooooooo good!

  8. On July 29, 2011 at 4:25pm, The Food Hunter said...

    There’s something about the green bean and potato combo that I really like. Thought I was the only one.

  9. On August 07, 2011 at 9:09pm, Chez Us said...

    Susan, this looks so yummy; I love the combination of green beans, potatoes and dijon. Definitely want to give this a whirl. Hope you are doing well – has been awhile! ~ Denise

    • On August 08, 2011 at 8:02pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Denise! It has been a while! Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to meet up again soon. :)

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