Green Bean Salad With Cilantro Sauce

Green Bean Salad With Cilantro Sauce

A simple side dish of crisp vibrant green beans dressed up with a cilantro sauce and turned into a green bean salad.

A cilantro sauce, similar to cilantro pesto but, unlike traditional pesto, it does not contain cheese.

Cilantro, walnuts, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and a green onion are processed in a food processor to make a deliciously flavorful tasty sauce.

Cilantro Sauce
Cilantro Sauce

Use that sauce and turn a bowl of ordinary cooked green beans into a salad.

Green Bean Salad With Cilantro Sauce

1/4 cup walnuts

2 garlic cloves, unpeeled

2 1/2 cups fresh cilantro leaves and stems, tough stem ends trimmed (about 2 bunches)

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 teaspoons lemon juice

1 scallion, sliced thin

1/2 teaspoon table salt, plus salt for cooking green beans

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 pounds green beans, trimmed

Cook walnuts and garlic in 8-inch over medium heat, stirring often, until toasted and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Let garlic cool slightly, then peel and roughly chop.

Process walnuts, garlic, cilantro, oil, lemon juice, scallion, salt, and pepper in food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed; transfer to a large bowl.

Bring 2 quarts water to boil in large pot over high heat. Meanwhile, fill large bowl halfway with ice and water. Add 1/4 cup salt and green beans to boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes.

Drain green beans, transfer to ice bath and let sit until chilled, about 2 minutes. Transfer green beans to bowl with cilantro sauce and toss gently until coated.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Plate and serve with your favorite protein.

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