For some strange reason it had been a really long time since we’d had green beans. I don’t know why … the kids adore them, my husband loves them and I enjoy them too. But for most of this winter whatever green beans made it to our local fruit and vegetable markets looked kind of drab and lifeless … never making it into my shopping basket.
The other day though I came upon a fresh batch of slender green beans and I picked two bags right up. I was roasting some whole chicken legs again that day and I decided I wanted a light side dish to accompany them, so I came up with this no-fuss green bean salad. In hindsight, I would have liked to have seen some shallots make it into this dish in place of the garlic. But this simple saute was still packed with flavor as the nutty pine nuts and mellow goat cheese gave these tender green beans tons of character.
I often have a few spectators waiting around to taste a dish while I’m trying to snap a picture of it. As you can see here, this little guy took the plate right out from under me just as I was wrapping up these pics! It’s safe to say this green bean salad is a very kid-friendly dish …just look at that happy smile!