Green Beans with Sesame Vinaigrette

Green Beans with Sesame Vinaigrette

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  • 1–1/2 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp white–wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted


Cook beans in a pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until crisp tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking and retain color. When beans are cool, drain and pat dry. While beans are cooling, whisk together oils, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until combined well. Add cooled beans and sesame seeds and toss to coat.

Note: To toast sesame seeds, heat small skillet over high heat. Add sesame seeds and brown, stirring often as to not burn the seeds.

Ellena's Notes

This is the perfect recipe to take to a potluck. Serve cold or zap them in the microwave at the last minute. People will rave! I often add a handful of small grape tomatoes, sliced in half, for added color and pizzazz! Our Riesling, Muscat, or Moscato are all surprising pairings with the sesame oil.


Eat Simple, Eat Well, Ellena