French Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing

April 15, 2015 • Posted in: Beans, French, Vegetarian, Jamie Oliver

Serve warm, with the beans slightly softer than al dente. Jamie Oliver suggests serving with chervil , but as I'm yet to find this absolutely anywhere, I'm putting it in the 'Does Not Actually Exist' basket, along with Thai basil and blood oranges.


  • 4 handfuls green beans, stalk ends removed
  • 2-3 heaped teaspoons Dijon mustard, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons good-quality white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ clove garlic, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon capers, optional
  • 1 small handful fresh chervil, optional
  • Instructions

    • Bring a pan of water to a fast boil, add the beans. Cover and cook for at least 4 to 5 minutes.
    • Meanwhile, put the mustard and vinegar into a jam jar or bowl and, while stirring, add the olive oil to make a good hot French dressing. Season carefully with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then add the finely chopped shallot, the capers if you're using them, and the garlic.
    • Remove one of the beans from the pan to check if it's cooked. If it holds its shape but is also soft to the bite, it's perfect. Drain in a colander.
    • While the beans are steaming hot, dress them, tossing to distribute.
    • Serve the beans in a bowl, sprinkled with chervil if you managed to actually find it.
    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    Cooking time: 5 minutes
    Serves: 4-6

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