What's great about this healthy salad recipe?
1. It's healthy with a fresh salad texture of and crunch contrasted with the soft beans
2. The contrast of vibrant colors - green, orange and soft white
3. I love this recipe as it tastes natural, flavored only with the glazing of honey
4. This recipe is soooo E-A-S-Y.
How to put this recipe together:
Prepare the carrots
Peel and wash the carrots and julienne them. This means cut them into strips. Cut the carrots to the same length as the beans.
Place the carrots in a large pot with about a quarter cup of boiling water and 2 tbs honey.
Roll the carrots around so as to evenly coat with honey.
As soon as the carrots are just cooked and still has a crunch in the middle, remove them immediately from the pot.
They should have a nice honey glaze. Leave to cool and then decant into the large salad bowl.
Prepare the greens.
Top and tail the french beans, rinse and leave whole.
Blanch them by tossing the into a large pot of rapidly boiling salted water. Turn the heat off as soon as the veg starts to go dark green. It only takes just a few minutes. We don't want to cook them, just to soften them a little by blanching.
Drain away all the hot water and stop it cooking by filling the pot with lots of fresh cold running water. Keep refreshing the water till the greens are cold.
They should be just cooked but still snappy and fresh.
Drain in a colander.
Add the flavored olive oil and mix through with the glazed carrots and scatter over the drained white beans.
Tip for blanching salad carrots
The key is to quickly blanch the vegetables so as to retain the fresh crunch, as these are part of a salad recipe.
The key with all easy recipes is the simple quick cooking so that you taste the natural texture and flavors. So...
Don't boil and don't over cook veg.
Keep in mind our Easy Recipes Tip:
Salad = Crunch + Bite
For a recipe to blanch vegetables for use in a salad recipe, use only the teeniest amount of water. In this case the water allows the honey to evenly coat the salad veg.
You'll find that the reason our easy recipes are so easy to prepare and yet incredibly delicious is because we don't believe in over complicating cooking. It's about minimalism in the process of cooking with the freshest possible ingredients to taste the goodness and sunshine of quality produce.
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