String Bean and Orange Salad

Taking the humble, green bean side dish to the next level, with zesty citrus notes and added crunch.


1 pound green beans, trimmed and blanched
2 tsp. orange zest
2 oranges, peeled and segmented
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted
2 tbsp. raisins, soaked in hot water
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. aged balsamic vinegar
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


In a large bowl, combine green beans, orange segments, red onions, almonds and raisins. Add olive oil, orange zest and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Serve.

Yield: 4 servings.