Steamed Asparagus and Green Beans With Fresh Lemon-Basil Dip

Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Cari South
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • Garnish: fresh basil leaves

Preparation

  1. 1. Whisk together first 5 ingredients until blended. Cover and chill.
  2. 2. Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Cook asparagus in boiling water to cover 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
  3. 3. Cook beans in boiling water to cover 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
  4. 4. Cover and chill vegetables until ready to serve with dip. Garnish dip with fresh basil, if desired.
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