String Beans with Piquillo Peppers and Feta Cheese only requires a little pre-planning when you are at the supermarket. But imagine a filling salad that is creative and easy to assemble for summertime meals. This salad is a great choice!
Delicious with Roasted Meats
Perhaps this salad looks too plain and easy? Imagine what String Beans with Piquillo Peppers and Feta Cheese would look like with leftover chicken, steak, shrimp, avocados or salmon would look like. This cold salad could be the basis of many types of savory summer options. In reality, all you need are a few ingredients and a sophisticated supper awaits!
I love the dressing that goes with this salad as one of the included ingredients is smoked paprika. If you are accustomed to spicy Texas style food, paprika flavor will seem quite mild. Even paprika that is labeled “hot” isn’t too spicy. However, in a salad dressing paprika adds beautiful color and the perfect depth of flavor. Don’t forget to buy a loaf of French bread to soak up extra salad dressing. Super delicious!
Easy for Beginner Cooks
I also recommend this dish as an easy recipe for beginner cooks. Nothing says that delicious food has to be complicated. In fact, the opposite is true. If you grow your own string beans and home and you make your own salad dressing, this salad will really impress! The fresh flavors of the crisp string beans paired with the sweet piquillo peppers and smoky paprika laced salad dressing is as sophisticated as any recipe in a fancy restaurant. Add a bottle of chilled white wine or champagne for a complete gourmet experience!
You might have some salad dressing left over if you make String Beans with Piquillo Peppers and Feta Cheese. I promise this will not be a problem as it is delicious on any salad you decide to make!Print
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute
- Total Time: 6 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
⅔ cup olive oil (160ml)
⅓ cup apple cider vinegar (80ml)
1 tbsp. Spanish smoked paprika (15g)
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 lbs. string beans cut into 2” lengths (1kg)
8 oz jar piquillo peppers, drained & sliced (225g)
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled (75g)
Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Set aside.
Fill a 3-quart (3lt) saucepan with water and bring to a rolling boil. Prepare a large baking pan by filling it with ice cubes.
Add the string beans to the boiling water and blanch (simmer) for 1 minute. You can blanch the string beans in small batches if necessary. Remove the string beans from the boiling water using tongs and place in the pan with ice so that they cool quickly.
Once the string beans are cooled completely, pour over the prepared dressing and toss. Garnish with piquillo peppers and feta cheese. Serve immediately.