Thursday, April 22, 2010

Roasted Green Bean and Tomato Salad

Roasting is a great way to bring out a vegetable’s sweetness. For this dish I combined two of my favorite vegetables with a little olive oil, salt and pepper for this simple, clean salad. If you’re not a big fan of garlic, you can use one small minced shallot instead. A great addition to this would be some fresh herbs. I think Italian parsley would give the salad a lemony kick and just the right amount of green. This salad would be also be wonderful with a barbecued chicken breast or baked tofu. Make it a day ahead for a potluck at work or a friend’s barbeque. The flavors will only get better and better with time.

What You Need:
12 oz green beans, cut in to 1 ½” pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 ½ Tbs extra virgin olive oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, grated or mashed
Zest of one lemon
2 cups whole wheat rotelle, cooked in chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

What To Do:
Combine 2 Tbs oil, zest and garlic in a bowl and set aside.

Cook pasta in chicken broth according to packages instructions, drain and then set aside.

While the pasta cooks, roast beans and tomatoes with ½ tablespoon oil, salt and pepper in a 400* oven for 15-20 minutes or until tomatoes burst and green beans are still crisp.

Toss hot vegetables and pasta with the flavored oil and allow to cool completely before refrigerating. Taste and determine if it needs more salt or pepper and season accordingly. Allow salad refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferably over night.

Serves 7 (1 cup servings)

Bon Appétit!


whatkateate said...

I love pasta salad but I never would of thought to put some green beans in it! Great idea!

Katie said...

This looks and sounds delicious! And so simple! Will have to try soon...

Thinspired said...

What a GREAT idea to cook the pasta in chicken broth! I have done that with rice but never thought to do it with pasta or noodles. Thanks for sharing such a great tip!