Wednesday, June 25, 2008

String Bean Salad with Artichokes and Tomatoes

Here's a simple summer salad that's always fresh and light. There's really nothing to it. I just like this flavor combination. Apparently everyone at Marie's birthday party liked it too!

fresh string beans
grape tomatoes
artichoke hearts
basil vinaigrette dressing (or your favorite dressing)

Snap off the ends of the string beans. Place them in a large colander over a pot of boiling water. Steam until tender. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well. Slice tomatoes in half. Drain artichokes and cut into quarters. Toss everything together with the dressing.

My favorite dressing for this salad is Good Seasons Basil Vinaigrette, (the one that comes in a little packet). Use balsamic vinegar instead of white vinegar and just mix it up following the directions on the packet. Delish!

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