This pretty salad is the perfect summer side dish for barbecues or a vegan main course. Dragon beans are unique and fun to work with.Please note that when steamed, though you'll still see bits of color, the purple will fade significantly. (Please see above comments about this.)
1poundDragon Tongue beans, washed and dried, root ends trimmed
2cupsloosely packed mixed micro greens, washed and dried
a few red Thai chile peppers for garnish and added heat if desired
For the dressing
Add the vinegar, mustard, honey, chili paste, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Gradually add the oil while still whisking. Once it's smooth, set aside.
For the salad
Prepare a large mixing bowl with ice water and set it aside.
Place a steamer rack into a pot with the water level just below it. Over high heat, bring the water to a boil and then add the beans to the rack, sprinkle lightly with salt and cover. Steam just until they're about 50% more tender, about 3 minutes.
Immediately drain and add the beans to the bowl of ice water -- this will help preserve any bits of purple still remaining. Let them sit in the ice water until they're cold, then drain, dry them, and add them to a large mixing bowl.
Toss the beans with the micro greens and the dressing.
Wash, dry, and slice the red chile peppers in half for garnish (and added heat) if desired.
Calorie count is only an estimate.
Keywords pretty salads, unique vegan sides
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