Green Beans with Basil Vinaigrette
- 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped
- Cook green beans in boiling water to cover 8 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
- Process vinegar and next 5 ingredients in a blender until smooth. With blender running, pour oil through top opening in a slow, steady stream, and process until smooth.
- Combine beans, bell pepper strips, and onion. Pour vinaigrette over vegetables, tossing gently to coat. Sprinkle with pecans. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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