Bean meaning to mention…..

Beans! Well, not just beans but Winter salads.  Winter doesn´t have to mean an end to fresh delicious salads, but the colder weather means we probably want something a little more robust but no less fresh and delicious to eat as a light meal or to accompany grilled meats, fish or whatever takes your fancy.

Especially after Christmas, and all that heavy food, these are welcome light meals to ease the strain on the waistband. And talking of Christmas, belated greetings to you all and apologies for the silence. Almost regular service will be resumed this week, and I hope that you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones, I will be slowly catching up with your blog posts over the next week or so.

Anyway, back to the food.  We´ve been trying to support local shops as much as possible and to buy locally grown, seasonal vegetables in the absence of our own veggie garden or store cupboard. Sometimes though, you just have to give into cravings and buy things that are out of season or grown elsewhere. Green beans seem to be everywhere in the supermarkets now, along with mange tout and runner beans. Maybe it´s my body craving something fresh and crunchy that makes me respond to the vibrant green colour. Who knows, but the beans were delicious!

Ingredients are flexible in these two tasty dishes, they´re just meant to inspire you, not dictate to you. Use what you have available, enjoy the fresh flavours.

Bean & asparagus salad (1)

Green Bean and Asparagus Salad

  • Blanch green beans and asparagus until just tender, then run under cold water to stop them cooking further. Chop into bite sized pieces, add halved cherry tomatoes, a chopped avocado and some hard boiled egg. Sprinkle over some sliced jamon or grilled bacon (leave out for a veggie version) and dress a mix of with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, English mustard, a pinch of sugar and seasoning.

 Potato, bean & caper salad (4)

Potato, Roasted Red Pepper, Bean and Caper Salad

  • Mix together cubed boiled potatoes, strips of roasted red peppers, green beans and halved caper berries.  Make a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and zest and salt and pepper. Mix the salad gently. As a little added luxury, drizzle over some truffle oil.

40 thoughts on “Bean meaning to mention…..

  1. Great ideas, all the way around. I’ve already finished up last summers green beans, but there are some good frozen types in the market!
    Good to see you back – hope your holidays were happy!

  2. That’s exactly the kind of antidote to I need to read after Christmas (I was sick of reading about turkey by Thanksgiving) – now back to cooking my goose supper 😉

  3. I love salads at any time of the year, and am always ready to mix together all kinds of veggies to make a delicious winter salad. Your two look very appetising!

    Especially love the colours in your Green Bean and Asparagus Salad.

    All the best for the New Year, Tanya 🙂

  4. I love this Tanya! And I’m so ready to start enjoying lighter meals after all this rich holiday food! Since I’m no longer in warm weather, this cold weather has me making more comfort, heavy meals. I need to mix in a salad like this for sure. Hope your holidays are merry!

    1. Lighter meals are definitely needed after the over indulgence of Christmas, but hey…every so often right?! Good to hear from you Linda, do hope all is going well for you!

  5. Two delightful, appetizing salads – don’t really think these are just winter ones, or my menus have been out of whack for weeks 😉 ! So agree with MD about turkey: OK, perchance one ‘normally’ does not serve stuffed squid and Greek octopus at Christmas: but actually it tasted great! A very happy New Year to you and yours!!!

  6. That salad looks delicious and we are in the middle of summer! I especially love caper berries and potatoes are my staple food. Pair it with sweet cherry tomatoes fresh from the bush and some nice julienne cucumbers and a good mustardy dressing and who needs anything else? My bean vines are going nuts at the moment and no doubt, we will get more than we can hope to use. I will be putting some of them into a salad reminiscent of this one in the very near future. Glad you had a lovely day an got to share it with friends and family. We did the seasonal locavore thing and it was really lovely and we picked our own salad veggies from our garden…NOTHING beats that 🙂

  7. Both salads are a welcome relief, Tanya. With New Years right around the corner, I’ll certainly be looking for some lighter fare very soon. As I recall, Mom prepared a potato and green bean salad when I was a boy. She served it at room temperature and it was a nice change of pace. Since I haven’t her recipe, I’ll just make yours and think of you both as I dine. 🙂
    I hope you, your Big Man, and all the folks on the Mountain have a wonderful New Year!

    1. Hi John and thanks for sharing your memories! We too used to eat these sort of salads when I was younger and I always called them “hot and cold salads” as the potatoes were usually mixed in while still hot and they soaked up all the gorgeous olive oil and dressing…mmm. Buon anno to you, Zia and al your loved ones 🙂

  8. Ooh, I don’t know which one I want to eat first Tanya, both look fantastic! Hope you and Big Man had a lovely Christmas. I will get back to blogging in the New Year – just a few more sleeps.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  9. I hear you loud and clear on feeling a little guilty about overindulging this holiday. I think my teenage boys might even eat the bean and potato salad as it looks quite hearty and tasty. Happy 2013 to you! BAM

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