Also called string beans, these legumes are a good source of fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Beans should be crisp and bright green, without blemishes or signs of wilting. For even cooking, choose beans that are of equal size. Although they taste best if used right away, green beans can be refrigerated in a sealed plastic bag for up to five days.
Our pared-down Nicoise will transport you straight to the Riviera. Boil the eggs and potatoes the night before; assemble the salad in the morning so the flavors meld by afternoon.
This dish is much healthier than its casserole counterpart. The Gorgonzola's rich, creamy texture offers a nice counterpoint to the crunchy, selenium-packed nuts. Briefly steaming the beans rather than boiling retains their vitamin C and B6 content.
The satisfying crunch of walnuts gives a helping of salad greens added dimension; the nuts have a natural affinity for arugula, spinach, endive, and watercress.