This crunchy salad is a heartier alternative to the usual leafy side dish. It’s a welcome addition to a casual gathering and holds up well on a buffet table.
- Yield: Serves 4
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4 ounces green beans, cut in 1-inch pieces
4 ounces sugar snap peas
3 mini cucumbers, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 radishes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 small head lollo rossa lettuce or other red leaf lettuce, chopped
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
For the dressing:
4 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons chopped shallots
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook 1 minute. Add the sugar snap peas and cook 1 minute longer. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again. Cut the sugar snaps across in half and transfer, with the beans, to a large bowl.
2. Add the cucumbers, celery, bell pepper, radishes, lettuce, onion, and blue cheese to the bowl with the green beans.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar, mustard, shallots, oil, salt, and pepper; pour over the vegetables and toss well.
To make this even heartier (and suitable as a meatless entrée), add drained, rinsed canned chickpeas.