|My Current Bean Salad- Just for One|
Once, when we were newlyweds (or close), we moved into a neighborhood where the neighbors had a welcoming potluck for us. Sweet. Nice people, great neighborhood. Except that when I asked what I could bring, the person organizing the meal said, "Oh, why don't you bring bean salad." Now I may have only been 22, but I already hated bean salad and so replied in a stinky-sweet whine, "I don't know how to make that; could I bring potato salad?" No way, she instructed me about how to make bean salad. Said it was high time I learned how to make it.
Today, I would have pointed my finger down my throat (figuratively), and I sure as heck would not have brought bean salad. In those "young wife" days, I did as I was told and gagged attractively through the making of it. Chopped my onions and green peppers and mixed it up with Wishbone. Yuck.
|2009 Bean Salad from 6-7-09 More Time at the Table post|
These days I make LOVELY green bean salads--several of them. Interesting salads are a trademark (I think) of interesting restaurants or cooks. While you and I adore green salads, isn't it cool when there's something very different? Here's one you make yourself, putting your skills up there with a fine vegetable or salad chef. This would also wow your friends at a dinner party where it might serve as a first course or third, a la francaise. Did I mention what a healthy meal this is? ( A serving of green beans contain over a quarter of the amount of vitamin C you need daily. Move over orange juice.) Stir in a bit of seasoned, dressed brown rice (use the same dressing) for a larger meal or to fill up your vegan boyfriend. (Skip the Parm for him.)