Dragon Tongue Beans … not only do they have a cool name, they are colored pretty green and purple beans. Never one to settle for the ordinary I seek out new and unusual vegetables to grow in my garden. Dragon Tongue Beans turned out to be a winner for me! I ordered these from rareseeds.com. Their description of these beans: “This famous Dutch heirloom bean has an incomparable flavor. The tender and superbly delicious 7-inch pods are yellow, with amazing purple streaks! Also makes a tasty shelled bean. Popular with chefs and gourmets. Compact plants set high yields.” They have great flavor and are now my favorite bean next to Edamame. Once cooked, sadly they loose their pretty purple color and turn lime green, but loose none of their delicious flavor. In reading the reviews I saw many people enjoyed them raw. I think I need to go to the garden and try them right off the plant!
Beans this good deserved an equally good recipe. Green beans would work just as well if you are unable to find Dragon Tongue Beans. I used a mix of green beans and dragon tongue beans. I tried this salad warm and tried the leftovers cold. Both ways were good but I actually enjoyed it more cold – it’s a matter of preference. Try it yourself and see which you prefer. ENJOY!
Roasted Fingerling and Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Arugula (*Note: I drastically reduced the amount of olive oil from the original recipe and I think next time I may reduce it even more.)
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil*
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 pounds Russian banana fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
4 stems fresh thyme
1/2 shallot, minced
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 ounces green beans
2 cups baby arugula
- Make the salad: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Puree garlic and oil in a blender until smooth. Toss with potatoes, tomatoes, and thyme on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until potatoes are golden and tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Prepare an ice-water bath. Cook green beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until bright green and just tender. Transfer to ice-water bath. When cool, drain beans in a colander
- Make the dressing: Combine vinegar, mustard, thyme, and shallot in a small bowl. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified.
- Toss potato mixture, beans, and arugula with dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or at room temperature.