Fresh Green Bean Salad
1 pound string beans or small haricots verts
6 ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
4 tablespoons finely chopped shallots or green onions
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons coarsely chopped basil
Trim ends of beans and leave them whole.
Drop beans into a saucepan with salted boiling water. Cook until crisp tender, about 3 to 5 minutes according to the size of the beans. Do not overcook. Drain and let cool.
Cut away the core of each tomato, and cut it into wedges.
In a salad bowl, add mustard, vinegar, shallots, garlic, oil, salt and pepper and blend with a wire whisk. Add beans and tomatoes, toss well. Sprinkle with basil.