14 July 2011

A Summer Side Dish

Last weekend was our small group night for our church here and the food theme was *your favorite summer food*. Well, I have LOTS of favorite foods for every season, so I really had to narrow it down~ha! I finally decided on this lovely summer side dish that I hadn't made in quite a while. Since making it again though, I think I'll do it more often~I'd forgotten just how good it is! It's perfect for a summer potluck, a cookout or a picnic. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Marinated Green Beans
2 lbs. fresh green beans
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 small red onion, thinly sliced

Cook beans in boiling water for about 5 minutes, just until crisp tender. Then (using tongs) plunge them immediately into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, oil, garlic, mustard, salt & pepper in a large bowl; add beans and red onion, tossing well to coat.
Cover and chill for several hours. Serve with slotted spoon or tongs.

What's your favorite summer food?

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