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Fresh beans make a beautiful crudité platter, but they can also be chopped and mixed together for a lovely late-summer salad, simply dressed with extra-virgin olive oil, Champagne vinegar and chopped herbs such as tarragon and chives. More Summer Vegetable Recipes

Grace Parisi
September 2011

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Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Yield:
4 to 6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • On a cutting board, mash the garlic with the salt to a paste. Add the anchovies and mash to a paste. Scrape the paste into a bowl and stir in the mayonnaise, olives, lemon zest and lemon juice. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Cover the aioli with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.

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  • Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring a large pot filled with 1 inch of salted water to a rolling boil. Spread the beans in a steamer basket and steam just until crisp-tender and the color is still vibrant, especially the purple beans (which turn green when fully cooked), 1 to 2 minutes. Immediately plunge the beans into the ice water to stop them from cooking further; let cool completely. Drain the beans and pat them dry. Transfer the beans to a platter and serve with the aioli.

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