Have you been outside lately? Of course you have and you probably sweat a gallon from just going to get the mail, right? What’s worse when it’s hot out: baking or standing over a stove? Uh, I’d say both are not fun. When it’s HOT as BAWLS outside, there is NO WAY I want to do any of that. Heck no! I ain’t craaazy!
But what I am crazy about during hot summer days is cold food. Not any cold food though, I’m talking about food that is meant to be eaten cold.
My mom made this side for us all the time when we were growing up. It was one of our favorites and we’d always ask for weekly repeats. I always made sure made blanched the beans just enough that they didn’t soggy and soft. I’m very particular about crisp beans just like I am with my broccoli. Regardless how the beans are, though, this is still a great simple and yet so flavorful side dish to have on a hot day.
Jason and I eat this a lot as a snack. It’s really refreshing. Just eating it makes you 20 degrees cooler. And you can say you had your greens ;)
If you can throw green beans in a ziploc bag, then you can make this and have a nice cold snack in a couple hours :)
Cold Garlic & Sesame Soy Marinated Green Beans
Yield: 1 large ziploc bag of beans | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 2 hours
1 lb. green beans
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 tbsp. sesame oil
1/2 tbsp. sugar
- In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the green beans for 4-5 minutes, no longer, and then throw them in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Ice bath meaning a large bowl of water with ice in it.
- Drain the beans and water.
- In a large ziploc bag, put in all the ingredients, zip it tightly and shake it all around until all beans are covered.
- Let cool in the fridge for 1 hour then toss them around again in the bag and cool for another hour.
- Toss the beans around prior to serving.
- Enjoy cold.
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