Dilly Wax Beans

July 1st, 2008  |  Published in All, Dill, Green Beans, Honorable Herbs, Veritable Vegetables, Weeknight Recipes  |  9 Comments

Dilly Wax Beans

Dilly Wax Beans

1-2 handfuls wax beans, trimmed
1 T. Olive Oil
1 t. white vinegar
~1/2 t. dried dill (or 1 t. fresh)
~1/4 t. red pepper flakes (or more to taste)

Steam wax beans until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix the oil, vinegar, dill, and red pepper in a large bowl.  Add steamed wax beans and toss to coat.  Serve warm, or chill for 30 minutes and serve cold.

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This barely qualifies as a recipe, but these wax beans were so simple and tasty, I decided to share.

A couple weekends ago I was strolling through the Palo Alto farmer’s market when I came across two mountains of beans piled on a red checked table cloth;  one pile was blue lake green beans, and the other was gorgeous cream-colored wax beans.  I love green beans, but haven’t cooked much with wax beans since they’re generally less available than their green counterpart.  Feeling like I wanted to try something different, I grabbed a couple of big handfuls of the wax beans, and headed home to experiment.

Once home, I considered my options: pickled, steamed, roasted, sauteed, boiled — but yet none seemed to really ‘go’ with that night’s dinner… so, into the fridge went the beans, to be prepared at some later date.

And then life got busy — I got sick, work got busy, visitors came, I went out of town — and still the beans remained unused in the fridge…  About two weeks after purchasing them, I was digging through my tiny fridge and came across them.  Amazingly, they still looked great!  That’s one thing I LOVE about farmer’s market produce — it is SO FRESH, and it tends to keep longer than store bought produce.

So, grand plans aside, I quickly steamed the beans, and then tossed them with some olive oil, vinegar, dill, and red pepper flakes, then chilled the mixture while I prepared the rest of my dinner.  The result reminded me a little of marinated three bean salad, but with a simpler, cleaner taste.  And oddly, though I don’t love dill + green beans, dill + wax beans turned out to be a great combination!  Who’d have thought?

Anyhow, what are your favorite ‘non-recipe recipes’?

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  1. breadchick says:

    July 1st, 2008at 7:34 pm(#)

    I love wax beans and this sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy them!

  2. Jen says:

    July 1st, 2008at 8:12 pm(#)

    breadchick — how do you like to prepare wax beans? they’re fairly new to me…

  3. Janine says:

    July 2nd, 2008at 4:59 am(#)

    Great site, making my mouth water:)

  4. Tash OYSTERBLOGGER says:

    July 2nd, 2008at 6:18 am(#)

    oh I need to hunt some down these look so good

  5. elra says:

    July 2nd, 2008at 7:04 am(#)

    I grow this bean in my veggy garden, right now it’s only 12″ high. If its survive, I’ll have lots of this bean by August! Hopefully. I would eat them raw for my Nicoise salad.

  6. Jen says:

    July 2nd, 2008at 8:53 am(#)

    Janine – thanks!

    Tash – I’d try the farmer’s market first, then somewhere like Whole Foods

    elra – yum! I love Salade Nicoise… I think you just gave me inspiration for dinner tonight…

  7. Farmers Market Fare #11 : Eat. Drink. Better. says:

    July 8th, 2008at 9:46 am(#)

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  8. Chef Tom says:

    July 10th, 2008at 7:57 pm(#)

    I love wax beans. Everyone else in my house hates them! lol. But I still look forward to trying this recipe out. I’ll eat it all myself! :-)

  9. Brent Eamer says:

    July 20th, 2012at 2:40 pm(#)

    Hello from Prince Edward Island Canada.

    Tried this tonight, simple, great taste and a bit of a bit.

    I like the fact that it is quick, and I grow my own beans, dill and hot pepper ( I dry the pods)

    I’ve bookmarked the site

    Nice job

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