Recipe courtesy of Wayne Harley Brachman

Cold String Beans with Vodka Vinaigrette

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 pound string beans, trimmed, or 1 pound asparagus, peeled and trimmed

1/2 cup olive oil

1 large shallot, finely minced

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 cup Georgian or balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Polish vodka

1 tablespoon sumakh, see note

Salt and pepper

2 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped, optional

1 red bell pepper, finely diced, optional

Directions

  1. Blanch and refresh string beans in salted water.
  2. In 1 tablespoon olive oil taken from the 1/2 cup, caramelize the minced shallot.
  3. Put shallot, mustard, vinegar, and vodka in a blender. Slowly drizzle in the remaining oil. Mix in sumakh, salt, and pepper. Serve over string beans (or asparagus).
  4. Optional: Garnish with a little chopped hard boiled egg and/or finely diced red bell pepper.
  5. Note: edible ground sumakh is available from Mid-Eastern or Russian markets or spice shop.

Cook’s Note

Edible ground sumakh is available from Mid-Eastern or Russian markets or spice shop

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