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Sunday 15 December 2019

French Beans & Tomatoes with Niçoise Dressing

French Beans & Tomatoes with Niçoise Dressing
French Beans & Tomatoes with Niçoise Dressing

Preparation time: 15 minutes;

cooking time: 3 minutes

LSF, 3, WF, GF, DF, V


300g French beans

200g very ripe tomatoes

1 tbsp capers, soaked in lots of water

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

A small bunch of fresh basil

1 tbsp mixed olives, chopped

3 tomatoes, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Top and tail the beans.

Slice the tomatoes in half and extract all the juice by forcing it through a sieve into a bowl. Add the capers, garlic, vinegar, oil and basil leaves. Blend with an immersion blender or in a blender.

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, then add the beans and cook for about 3 minutes, until tender (just past the squeaky stage). Drain well.

While the beans are still hot, toss them in a bowl with the tomato dressing, chopped olives and tomatoes. Season well.

Tips: 1) If you can find them, use salted capers as they have a better flavour, but they will need soaking and rinsing before using. 2) This makes a good meal with a poached egg on top. 3) Toast some chunks of stale ciabatta in a medium-hot oven to make croutons and toss in the tomato dressing above.

4) Use grilled courgettes or grilled aubergines in place of the French beans.

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