Mexican Green Bean Salad

Make sure to use the freshest green beans you can find. Good green beans should feel firm and should snap in half, not bend, when you try to bend them.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Marinating time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, strings removed, ends snapped off, cut in half into about 1 1/2 inch length pieces
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice or white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (Mexican oregano if you can get it)
  • 3/4 cup packed, chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup canned, pickled jalapeño chili peppers, sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese (salty Mexican cheese that resembles feta)
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced or cut into inch long pieces
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into 8 wedges, or a cup of halved cherry tomatoes

Method

1 Simmer the green beans: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and simmer until just crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

Drain the beans and run cold water over them to cool them quickly. Drain completely.

2 Marinate in dressing ingredients: Place beans in a large bowl. Gently mix in the the lime juice or vinegar, olive oil, 1/4 cup onion, sliced pickled jalapeños, sea salt, oregano and cilantro.

Let sit for half an hour.

3 Mix in red onion and cheese: When ready to serve, gently mix in the chopped red onion and cotija cheese.

Serve the avocado slices and tomato wedges on the side or mixed into the salad.