Warm bean, almond & orange salad
TIME: 25 minutes SERVES: 4
250g beans 5-6 cloves garlic ½ red capsicum ¼ red onion 12 almonds, sliced rind & juice of an orange knob of butter 1-2 tbsp good quality extra virgin oil fresh ground black pepper 1 tbsp chopped French tarragon Optional: blue cheese or feta
1 Top and tail the beans, cut to fingerlength, then boil in salted water until just tender, around 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside in the hot water. 2 Peel and slice the garlic. Remove seeds from the capsicum and slice thinly. Thinly slice the red onion. 3 Heat the butter in a heavy pan, then add the garlic and almonds. Toss once or twice to coat the almonds, then add the sliced capsicums and gently sauté for 2-3 minutes. 4 Add the grated orange rind, toss, and then add the orange juice. 5 Drain the beans and add to the pan, along with the onion and tarragon. Sauté just long enough to bring everything to heat, then remove to the serving dish. 6 Top with a generous grind of black pepper, then drizzle with the oil. 7 If your dining companion will let you (mine won’t), add a little crumbled or cubed blue cheese or feta.