One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. I know we’re not quite there yet and I’m jumping the gun on this one, but since I’m going to be signing up for my farm share again this summer, it got me dreaming of long, summer days with amazing food.
Today’s recipe is a flavorful, delicious warm potato salad. It calls for a unique ingredient: dragon tongue beans. What are dragon tongue beans? They’re similar to wax beans. They’re very versatile and full of iron, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium and folate. Plus they’re rich in protein and fiber.
Since dragon tongue beans aren’t super easy to come by during winter, if you’re making this recipe in the colder months, you can swap them for green beans. This warm potato salad is great for picnics and cookouts but it’s top notch in the winter, too, particularly since it’s served warm.
Warm Potato and Dragon Tongue Bean Salad
for the salad
- 2 lbs fingerling potatoes, cut into 1/2″ pieces
- 1/2 lb dragon tongue beans
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1 C arugula
for the dressing
- 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 small onion, small dice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375˚F.
First, make the dressing. Combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, onion, garlic and thyme in a small bowl. Whisk well to combine. Set aside.
Place the potatoes and tomatoes in a 9×13 baking dish. Pour dressing to coat the vegetables. Toss to evenly coat. Bake for 25-30 min.
While the potatoes are roasting, steam the beans in a large saucepan with steamer over an inch of water. Steam for 8-10 minutes. Check with a fork for doneness. Remove from heat.
When potatoes are fork tender, remove from the oven. Place the beans and cup of arugula in the baking dish. Toss well to combine, until arugula is wilted. Serve warm.
This salad is amazing any time of year. It’s awesome in the summer months when you can find amazing, fresh produce. And it’s equally delicious in the winter when you’re looking for a warm, hearty salad to fill your belly.
I look forward to the warm days of summer and abundance of colorful fruits and veggies. Almost there! Just a couple more months…
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What’s your favorite summer fruit/veggie?
Have you had dragon tongue beans?