French Green Bean Salad

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 48 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 48 hr
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Marinated Lemons: 

3 lemons, thinly sliced

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons sea salt

3 sprigs fresh oregano

1 finger hot chile, halved lengthwise

Extra-virgin olive oil


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


  1. 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.
  2. For the salad: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  3. Toast the walnuts on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes. Let cool. 
  4. Blanch the green beans in a large pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and immediately plunge into an ice bath. Drain. 
  5. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and fry the bacon until crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels. 
  6. 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.