Aine McAteer's Sesame-Ginger Green Beans
 
Ingredients
  • 1 or 2 handfuls green beans
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. rice syrup or honey
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce (tamari)
Directions
To make green beans: Wash the beans and trim the ends. Place the beans in a steamer basket over a saucepan of boiling water. Cover and steam for 3 to 4 minutes or until the beans are tender but still slightly crunchy.


To make dressing: Place the dressing ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake well to combine.

Arrange the beans on a serving platter and drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve.


Variations:
  • If you want to serve this as a salad, plunge the steamed beans into iced water, and add some cherry tomatoes and olives. Drizzle with the dressing and serve sprinkled with the toasted sesame seeds.
  • Try a combination of green beans and carrots, or add other vegetables such as zucchini, asparagus or red onion.
  • In place of the fresh ginger, you can use finely chopped pickled ginger (sushi ginger) in the dressing.
  • You can sprinkle this dish with toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds, pine nuts or slivered almonds instead of the sesame seeds.