During the summer, Ava Genes’s chef Joshua McFadden makes this simple, colorful salad constantly. He also changes it up often: You can grill the beans for a little smoke or toss in some pickled ones, mix up the type of olive you use or add a medley of different basils from the market (Thai, opal, lemon or Italian). The possibilities are endless. Slideshow: More Green Bean Recipes 

June 2017


Credit: Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

Recipe Summary

45 mins
4 to 6


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the bread with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until crisp on the outside but chewy within. Let cool. 

  • Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath. In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the green and wax beans until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the ice bath to cool completely. Drain well and pat dry. 

  • In a large bowl, toss the beans with the croutons, olives, vinegar, crushed red pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Fold in the basil and serve immediately.