French Bean Salad
I cook variations of this French Bean Salad at least once a month, but this is by far my favourite recipe. I usually prepare the pesto and the french beans a day or two in advance, to have everything on hand during busy weekdays. In this way, it only takes me a couple of minutes to put together a tasty and healthy dinner. As a variation, you can use the classic mozzarella instead of the baby balls, or even labneh. If you can’t find fresh lovage, just substitute it with fresh basil – it will make a great variation of the classic basil pesto.A light, warm salad of french beans, lovage pesto and mozzarella. Ideal for a quick, healthy lunch or dinner.
A light, warm salad of french beans, lovage pesto and mozzarella. Ideal for a quick, healthy lunch or dinner.
French Bean Salad with Lovage Pesto
For the salad:
- 200 g french beans
- 200 g baby mozzarella balls
- 1/2 lemon wedges
- 1 clove garlic sliced
- 1 tsp rapeseed oil
For the lovage pesto:
- 20 g lovage leaves
- 100 g rapeseed oil cold pressed
- 20 g pumpkin seeds
- 15 g parmesan grated
- 2 garlic cloves
- zest and juice from half of lemon
- To make the pesto, put lovage leaves, garlic, parmesan and pumpkin seeds in a food processor and pulse several times until a coarse paste is formed. Add lemon zest and juice as well as the oil and continue processing. Season with salt.
- The recipe will only asks for a teaspoon of pesto, so you can put the remaining lovage pesto in a jar and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Blanch the french beans in salted boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then remove into a bowl of ice to preserve the vibrant green colour.
- To make the salad, gently fry the sliced garlic in a non stick pan drizzled with rapeseed oil. Add the french beans and a teaspoon of pesto and stir until just warm. Transfer the salad to a plate, add the baby mozzarella balls on top and serve immediately.Serve with a wedge of lemon on the side.
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