Salad of French Beans

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Appears in

The Times Calendar Cookbook

By Katie Stewart

Published 1977

  • About

French beans are so lovely served cold in a salad that it is surprising they are not served this way more often. Make the dressing with tarragon vinegar for the best flavour.


  • 450 g/1 lb French beans
  • 6 tablespoons prepared French dressing


Trim the beans, add to a pan of boiling salted water and simmer rapidly until tender, about 10–15 minutes. Drain and place in a basin. Spoon over the French dressing while the beans are still hot and leave to cool before serving.

Keep salad greens fresh during hot weather. If not to be used immediately don’t wash them, but simply trim away unusable outer leaves and wrap up closely in po