A green bean side with bright flavors, color
<p>This Oct. 10, 2010 photo shows orange mint green beans . You will find the light and fresh taste of these green beans a nice option among the heavier offerings at the Thanksgiving table.</p>
| November 10, 2010 8:00 PM
Many of the classic flavors of Thanksgiving are heavy, rich flavors. So it can be good to brighten up and offset them with something lighter and fresher.
Cranberry sauce serves this purpose with its clean, acidic sweetness. As does this recipe for green beans, which has bright, fresh flavors from citrus juice, vinegar and mint. For ease, the dish is intended to be served at room temperature, making it one less item for you to worry about fitting into your oven and getting to the table hot.
Orange mint green beans
Start to finish: 20 minutes
3 pounds green beans, trimmed
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup minced fresh mint
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water and set nearby.
Drop the green beans into the boiling water and blanch for 3 to 4 minutes, or until bright green and crisp-tender. Remove the beans from the water and immediately plunge them into the ice water. When the beans are completely cooled, drain them, then spread on a kitchen towel and pat dry.
In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice concentrate, mint, vinegar and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, gently toss the beans with the vinaigrette.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 57 calories; 0 calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 5 g fiber; 109 mg sodium.