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?!?!