Gemelli Salad with Green Beans, Pistachios, and Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Haricots verts are thin, tender green beans. If you can't find them, use trimmed regular green beans, but add them to the pasta after 8 minutes of cooking since they'll take longer to cook. You can make the salad ahead, but dress it just before serving so the beans don't turn drab.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups pasta mixture and about 1 tablespoon cheese)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 20 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 491
  • Fat: 26.9g
  • Saturated fat: 4.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 16.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 4g
  • Protein: 14.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 50.8g
  • Fiber: 4.9g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Iron: 3.2mg
  • Sodium: 416mg
  • Calcium: 131mg

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked gemelli (short twisted tube pasta)
  • 1 cup (1 1/2-inch) cut haricots verts (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup chopped shelled pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ounce shaved fresh Parmesan cheese (about 1/3 cup)

Preparation

  1. 1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add haricots verts during the final 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse pasta mixture under cold water; drain well.
  2. 2. Place the pasta mixture, pistachios, 1 tablespoon thyme, and 1 tablespoon lemon rind in a large bowl; toss gently to combine.
  3. 3. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon thyme, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon rind, shallots, Champagne or white wine vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add olive oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add salt and black pepper; stir with a whisk. Drizzle over pasta mixture, and toss gently to coat. Top each serving with Parmesan cheese.
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