This really simple vegetable dish is what it is: Greens & Beans with Garlic & Basil Dressing. It was knocked up in a bit of a rush the other night making it up as I went. It’s a mix of those lovely flavours that just go brilliantly together plus one of those cans of beans that I buy to feel all good and green but which often lingers in the back of the cupboard feeling terribly unloved. This went down a storm as a side dish with some pasta. It would go equally well with fish and boiled new potatoes; or using a crusty bread to mop up the delicious dressing. The vegetables are fairly lightly cooked so they have loads of flavour and the lovely dressing is nice and refreshing – though there’ll be no snogging after!
Stored in an airtight tub this would take a quick reheat the next day and work well with pasta with a sprinkling of Parmesan, or as the filling in an omelette. You could even add some bacon or chicken and do a bit of a Carbonara if you wanted something creamy. If you want it as a salad the next day, don’t add the dressing until just before eating and it stays fresher.
Do I need to add that this goes great with a glass of white wine? Nope. I thought not.
Kiddie verdict: the toddler accidentally sucked on an asparagus spear. Otherwise this was deemed completely unacceptable to the Ministry.