This is a great recipe for a bbq, any gathering where you need something to be made ahead, or just for a friendly weeknight meal. Just have the green beans steamed/boiled ready to go, the bacon fried, drained and diced. and the shallots all chopped. The vinaigrette just needs to be poured on top right before serving.
Green Bean Salad with Bacon and Shallots
1 lb of green beans, picked over (I love buying the huge bag of french green beans at Costco that have already been trimmed.)
3 shallots finely chopped
4 slices of good, thick sliced bacon (I like the Niman Ranch bacon which can also be found at Costco many days)
Bring a large pot of water up to a rolling boil. Salt the water and then throw in the green beans and cook, until crisp tender about 4-6 minutes. drain and set aside to cool. (some people may say for you to put it into a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process, but I usually just give it a good rinse under cold water. Set aside.
Fry four slices of bacon in a fry pan. The TRICK to having flat bacon is to cook it starting from a COLD PAN. Place four slices of bacon in a fry pan, then place the fry pan on medium high heat. Fry until they are crisp and delicious. Drain on a paper towel. When they have cooled, cut into 1/4 inch slivers.
Lay green beans on a serving platter. Sprinkle shallots on top. Sprinkle bacon bits on top. Just before serving, pour the dressing on top.
3 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste (bear in mind that the bacon does add a salty bite)
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside until right before serving and then pour on top of green beans.