Nonno Knows how to make a simple, quick, easy and delicious Green Bean Salad.
Nonno likes to add this Insalata di Fagioli after a meal with chicken or steak and veggies or to almost any of Nanna’s pasta dishes.
Green beans are all around us. Great if you have them in your garden, if you don’t, no sweat, they are readily available at your local farmer’s markets or even our local grocers. Green Beans are relatively
inexpensive and they can be a healthy addition to any meal.
Green Beans are low in Saturated Fat and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. Green Beans are a good source of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Riboflavin, and Thiamin. They are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, and Manganese.
This is a very simple salad to prepare. A great addition to almost any meal.
Preparation time is approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
What you need to make Nonno’s Quick and Easy Calabrese-style “Insalata di Fagioli” (Green Bean Salad) (Serves 4):
1. 1 to ½ lbs. of green beans (Almost any green beans will do, Nonno’s favorite beans are Snap Beans also known as Bush or Pole beans – (They are the beans that are shown in the picture).
2. 2 whole cloves of garlic + 2 to 3 cloves of garlic finely minced.
3. ¼ of an onion, thinly sliced.
4. 1/8 cup of virgin olive oil (Nonno’s favorite is the Gallo).
5. 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar (Nonno’s favorite is Kirkland Balsamic, available at Costco, or you can use one like Fiaschetta of Modena Balsamic Vinegar, from Acetum, Italy.
6. A teaspoon of salt + a pinch and a pinch or two of black pepper.
7. A large pot to fill with the bins and to be able to cover them with enough water and bring to a boil.
8. A colander to drain the beans.
9. A large bowl to place the beans in, to mix and serve them.
How to make Nonno’s Insalata di Fagioli:
1. Wash the beans thoroughly and remove and dispose of the ends of each bean. (Nonno’s preference is to leave the beans in one piece, but you can also break them up into 1” pieces if you prefer).
2. Place the beans, + 1 teaspoon of salt, + 2 whole cloves of garlic in the large pot (big enough to cover with water and bring to bring to a boil).
You want the beans to be tender but to remain firm (boil for 3 to 5 minutes, testing/eating the beans for tenderness after they boil for 2 minutes).
3. Put the beans in a colander, rinse with cold water and drain and then discard the whole garlic cloves.
4. Place the drained beans in a large bowl.
5. Add the minced garlic and sliced onion and mix.
6. Add 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar and mix.
7. Add 1/ cup of olive oil and mix again.
Serve and Enjoy!
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