French Green Bean Salad

TOTAL TIME: 48 hr 30 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 48 hr
Cook: 15 min
YIELD: 6 servings


  • 3 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
    • 1 cup walnuts
    • 1 pound green beans
    • Ice water, for chilling
    • 8 slices bacon, diced
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
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    For the lemons: Toss the lemons and onions with the sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Put the oregano and chile in a glass jar, and then add the lemons and onions and pack tightly. Fill the jar with olive oil. Close the jar and give it a good shake, and then add more oil if there is still room. Close the jar again and refrigerate for 2 days to marinate. Dice 15 slices of the lemons and all the onions.

    For the salad: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Toast the walnuts on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes. Let cool.

    Blanch the green beans in a large pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and immediately plunge into an ice bath. Drain.

    Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and fry the bacon until crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

    Add the lemons, onions, green beans, walnuts, bacon and tomatoes to a salad bowl. Drizzle with some oil from the marinated lemons and season with salt and black pepper. Toss and serve.

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