Why should you grill green beans? That was the question in one of the latest Kitchen Daily newsletters I am currently receiving. I read that tagline- held a moment of silence- and then answered to myself- and loudly might I add- with a voice of defiance-GOOD QUESTION! You see growing up shucking beans you didn’t have to think twice on what to do with them. You only had 3 options: Boil, Steam or Bake. All these years never once have I thought about grilling them. You would be surprised at the delicious char the grill gives the beans and how quickly it takes.
That is until now. With this fiery magical Pacific Rim Ginger sauce from Saucy Mama at my side I decided one Saturday evening that the best use of my time while the man was busy grilling the meat would be to get out my trusty grill pan and get going inside with Grilling my beans! Each component is a star in itself but the Pacific Rim Ginger sauce with its robust Asian inspired flavors and hint of ginger makes it the perfect backdrop for vegetables and perfect is exactly what it was with my grilled green beans.
Even though it is technically August the heat is still on and there is no better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing summer salad. This salad isn’t about the lettuce but rather the beans! Green Beans! Crisp garlicky green beans sauteed with cherry tomatoes, lemon wedges, sliced potatoes and yes oh yes- BACON! Top it all off with the bold flavors of the Pacific Rim Ginger sauce and you have one crazy salad that screams summer. It is Smoky, Earthy and Sweet and the best part of all is each component can actually be done ahead of time and thrown together at the last minute. Now don’t we all love last minute meals!
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