Green beans: Cooking Series A-Z with SSG Sadler – Part 10

Green beans are better than you may know!

Do you like green beans? What do you know about them? This article will explore them further and you provide a great recipe that you can try, enjoy and share with others.

Green beans originated in ancient Mesoamerica and have over 200 varieties that grow in all parts of the world. They vary in color depending on different regions of the world. Green beans have been called green beans, string beans French beans and fine beans. Whatever the name, they are truly healthy for you. Green beans are green in color and are edible in both the raw and cooked state. They grow on a vine-like plant and are one of the most popular beans.

Rich in vitamin A, B2 and 6, C and protein, green beans have super antioxidant properties, which helps fight against cancer, high cholesterol and diabetes to name a few. Listed is a green bean salad recipe that Michigan State University Extension encourages you to try.

Green Bean Salad

Makes 4 servings

2 pounds of fresh green beans

1 medium red onion, chopped

3 pears, cored and sliced

1 cup bleu cheese

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

Vinaigrette dressing

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons lemon juice

3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Wash the green beans, cut in half and steam for seven to 10 minutes. After steaming the beans, place them in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Place the green beans in a bowl and add you halved tomatoes and chopped onion.
  3. In a glass jar or container with a lid, combine all the ingredients for the vinaigrette dressing and shake very well.
  4. Add the vinaigrette dressing to the green beans.
  5. Add the bleu cheese.
  6. Mix well and let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

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