My family’s bean salad

My family’s bean salad

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Scandinavian Comfort Food
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Columbus Leth

In the early 1980s, my mother started making a green bean salad with steamed beans mixed with red onions, bacon and vinaigrette. It was new, modern cooking and I loved it. I have always really liked beans of all sorts, including the white beans I often had as a child when the grown-ups cooked what, in the 1970s, was called hippie food. Later in the 1990s, when I started cooking professionally, I starting mixing white beans into salads. This was a new idea at the time, even though that seems hard to understand now. Cooking has evolved enormously over the last 30 years.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
150g dried white beans, such as cannellini
300g fresh green beans
100g radishes
50g flat-leaf parsley, leaves only

For the dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 egg yolk
1 garlic clove, finely grated
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 anchovies in oil
50ml grapeseed oil
100ml greek yogurt
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. The day before you make the salad, put the dried beans in a bowl, cover with water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, drain the dried beans and cook in boiling water for about 45 minutes until tender, then drain and leave to cool. Cook the green beans in boiling, salted water for 3–5 minutes, then drain and tip into a bowl of cold water. Leave for 1 minute, then drain.
  3. To make the dressing, blend the egg yolk, garlic, lemon juice and anchovies to a smooth paste, then add the oil a little at a time, blending after each addition. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then stir in the Greek yogurt.
  4. Cut the green beans in half. Very thinly slice the radishes, with a mandolin if you have one. Mix the green beans and radishes with the white beans and parsley in a big mixing bowl, using your hands to mix the salad. Season to taste again with salt and pepper and perhaps a little more lemon juice, if needed for acidity. Serve right away, with bread and some baked tomatoes.
Tags:
Scandinavian
Danish
Swedish
comfort food
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