French Beans & Tomatoes with Niçoise Dressing
Preparation time: 15 minutes;
cooking time: 3 minutes
LSF, 3, WF, GF, DF, V
YOU WILL NEED
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.