Haricot Verts……… just a fancy French name for the slender green beans that are available in many markets now days………and with a name like The Café Sucré Farine I just couldn’t call this lovely salad Skinny Green Bean and Pea Pod Salad, could I?…….
Whatever you decide to call this yummy salad, you definitely want to try it. It’s the perfect side served warm with grilled chicken, pork or steak, like the Café’s Grilled Chicken Kabobs, or this delicious Grilled Asian Pork Tenderloin with Peanut Sauce or maybe this Grilled London Broil with a Sweet and Smokey TomatoSalsa (with a secret technique!). It is also delicious served at room temperature as a side to a sandwich or wrap or served for lunch with a combo of other salads like this Best Ever Chicken Salad or this Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad.
Haricot Vert and Sugar Snap Pea Salad
4 ounces hazel nuts
1 pound slender French green beans
½ pound sugar snap peas, trimmed and sliced diagonally in half
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon Sriracha*
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 300˚F. Toast hazelnuts in a small pan for about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and place nuts on a clean kitchen towel. Rub nuts with towel to remove most of the brown skins. Roughly chop with a large sharp knife, not too small, leaving some nuts whole.
3. Drain vegetables in a colander and add to the ice bath. Once they have cooled down, drain again and lay out on several thicknesses of paper towels todrain further and dry off a bit.
4. Place beans and pea pods in a large salad bowl.
5. Wash the orange and peel away the zest in strips, minimizing the amount of white pith you take with it. Slice the strips as finely as possible.
6. Add the hazelnuts, orange zest, chives and sea salt. Add a generous grind of black pepper and toss until all mixed up. Add the sesame oil (or walnut, hazelnut, pecan or any other nut oil you might have) Sriracha and olive oil and toss to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature.