Instead of mint, tarragon or basil would be equally delicious. If desired, top with fresh lemon rind for a little extra zing.
1 pound green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon minced shallots
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Steam green beans 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.
Combine mint and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add green beans to bowl, and toss to coat.
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