Green Bean Salad With Mint

Course : Beans
Serves: 8
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1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup toasted walnuts -- (see note)*
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preparation / Directions:

*NOTE Place walnuts on cookie sheet or in shallow pan and broil in oven until browned and aromatic, 5 to 10 minutes, stirring and turning once or twice. Wash beans and trim ends; cut into thirds. Parboil by dropping into boiling water 5 minutes. Drain and plunge into ice water 5 minutes; drain and chill. combine oil, mint leaves, vinegar, salt, garlic and pepper in food processor or blender and process 20 seconds; set aside. Place beans in large glass bowl and top with toasted walnuts, red onion and feta. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Best if made 2 hours ahead of time and or the day before to develop flavors.

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