Thursday, June 18, 2009

Whole Foods' Green Beans

Have you ever tried the cold green beans (tossed with little flecks of red peppers) in the Whole Foods salad bar? They seem to be a reoccurring theme at Whole Foods Markets -- they were at our Beacon Hill Whole Foods, our West Newton Whole Foods, and now they are sitting in our Providence Whole Foods' salad bar (which is more like a salad island)...and man do I like 'em.
People have to agree with me because the beans seem to be a hot seller or they wouldn't still be kicking around....everywhere.

I wanted to try and recreate the infamous green beans at home so Nick & I (literally) shut our eyes and tried to think of what they taste like....red pepper, garlic, vinegar, a little sweet and a little sour...

This is my attempt - it came out well but is not a 100% clone. Next time I eat some Whole Foods Green Beans I'll have to really concentrate and try to figure them out - or maybe I'll just ask the nice people behind the counter for the recipe.

Whole Foods' Green Beans:
3 big handfuls of green beans, washed and trimmed
1/2 red pepper, finely diced into teeny cubes
2 tbls olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbls red wine vinegar
big pinch raw sugar
2 big pinches sea salt
6 grinds black pepper
1 big pinch red pepper flakes
Heat pan on medium, add olive oil and garlic. Saute for a minute. Add in red pepper (vegetable not spice) and saute for another 2-3 minutes until soft.
Toss in green beans and saute for about 5 minutes - until bright green and un-crunchy (but not mushy soft).
Add in vinegar, sugar, salt & pepper (black & red). Cook together, about 3 minutes, until the vinegar is absorbed up and everything is nice and tender. The peppers, especially, take on a delicious sweet/pickled flavor from the sugar + vinegar combination.
This is good eaten right away, hot, or left out to come to room temperature (perfect for a potluck, picnic, or beach trip!)

Is that a skunk in my kitchen?!?!

26 comments:

  1. i've had this recipe bookmarked for awhile and i finally made it tonight! i scaled it down a little and used about 4 cloves of garlic (what can i say, i'm a fiend) and i wish i made more!

    so far i've made the squash quesadillas from garden grille, the green bean & potato salad and now this & they've all been great. thanks again :D

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  2. Thanks Stephanie! I'm so glad you found us. You've reminded me how delicious these green beans are...may have to make them tonight!

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  3. Thank you! I will try this recipe. The Whole Foods green beans are delicious...and expensive...hope this works!

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