Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3/4 pound green beans, stems pinched off

  2. 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives

  3. 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

  4. 1 tablespoon minced shallots

  5. 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  6. 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  7. scant 1/4 teaspoon salt

  8. tiny pinch of freshly ground pepper

  9. 1/3 cup olive oil

  10. 1 teaspoon honey

  11. a handful of frisee or little gem hearts

  12. a handful of small cherry tomatoes, each cut in half

  13. 1/2 cup hazelnuts, smashed and toasted

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Start by making the dressing. Whisk together the chives, thyme, shallots, lemon juice, heavy cream, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil with a fork, stirring until everything comes together. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Sometimes my lemon dressings have a puckery edge to them, and when that happens I just whisk in just a touch of honey to counterbalance the sour. Set aside.

  2. In the meantime, bring two quarts of water to a boil. Salt generously and stir in the green beans. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes. Just until the beans brighten up and soften a touch, I go a bit beyond "al dente" here for this salad. Quickly drain them and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

  3. In a large bowl toss the green beans with the frisee, about 1/2 of the hazelnuts, with a big splash of the dressing. Toss well. Taste, and add more dressing, salt or pepper at this point. Toss again if needed. Add the tomatoes and toss very gently.

  4. You can turn this out onto a platter or plate individually topped with the remaining hazelnuts.

  5. Serves about 4.


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