Green Bean and Fennel Salad with Shaved Parmesan
This salad is made not with haricots verts but with regular green beans, which should, of course, be tender and fresh. Chef Eberhard Muller, in the German tradition, adds a pinch of sugar to his vinaigrette to make it a little less harsh; judge for yourself. If you have a mandoline, use it to slice the fennel thinly and evenly.
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