Fresh Bean Salad with Pancetta & Pistachios

Début de l'été 2013
food and drink

BY: Heather Trim

With summer on the way, we all need standby salads to serve at home or take with us to a barbecue. The pancetta and pistachios give the salad interest and visual appeal yet it can be made in minutes. And if you don’t have pancetta, a couple of slices of bacon work well, too.

½ lb (250 g) yellow or green beans or a combination of both, trimmed
2 slices pancetta, ¼ inch (5 mm) thick, cut into matchstick-size strips
1 shallot, thinly sliced into rings
2 tbsp (30 mL) coarsely chopped pistachios
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
2½ tsp (12 mL) white wine vinegar
Generous pinches of salt and pepper

1 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling, add beans and cook just until barely tender, about 3 minutes. Drain immediately and rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking. Pat dry. Meanwhile, place pancetta in a nonstick frying pan and set over medium heat. Cook until nearly crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Add shallots, cooking until they are wilted and pancetta is crisp, about 2 minutes. Stir in pistachios.

2 Whisk oil with vinegar, salt and pepper. Place beans on a small platter. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with pancetta mixture.

Serves 2 to 3

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