Green Beans with Sweet Spiced Pecans and Goat Cheese
Not your standard green beans, these get a boost with tangy vinaigrette, sweet spiced pecans, and creamy goat cheese.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: easy vegetable side, vegetable side dish, vegetarian
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Salt, for the cooking water (about 2 teaspoon for a large pot of water)
1 ½lbstrimmed Green Beans, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
2tablespoonApple Cider Vinegar
¼Red Onion, very finely chopped
1 ½cupsSweet Spiced Pecans (recipe below)
3ozMild Goat Cheese, crumbled
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans to the water and boil, just until the beans are tender and bright green, about 5 minutes (for very fresh green beans, they may only need about 3-4 minutes). While the beans boil, fill a large bowl with water and ice. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans to the ice water to stop the cooking process. When the beans are cool, strain them and transfer them to a serving bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar and mustard. Whisk in the olive oil until well incorporated. Add the chopped red onion and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
About 30 minutes before serving, remove the green beans from the refrigerator to allow them to come to room temperature. Drizzle the dressing over the top of the beans. Sprinkle spiced pecans and goat cheese over the green beans.
Gorgonzola is a great substitute for the goat cheese in this recipe.