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    Spicy Greek bean medley recipe

    Fresh cherry tomatoes and a touch of chilli bring a zesty mix of flavours to this spring salad

    My dear friend Mary Amiridis, inspired by the fresh seasonal beans that are abundant during the summer months, combined a selection of fresh beans with flavoursome tomatoes and a little chilli to bring together this protein and fibre rich salad.

    Serves: 6

    Ingredients

    300 g green beans, trimmed


    300 g fresh broad beans, blanched and double-peeled


    100 g fresh borlotti beans


    100 g freshly podded peas


    1/3 cup (80 ml) olive oil


    1 medium red onion, finely chopped


    1 clove garlic, finely chopped


    1 hot red chilli, deseeded (optional) and finely sliced


    200 g cherry tomatoes, halved


    ½ bay leaves


    1/3 cup (125 ml) water


    1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped


    Freshly milled sea salt, to taste


    Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


    80 g goat’s cheese, cut into cubes


    Few sprigs fresh oregano, leaves picked


    Method

    1. Steam green, broad and borlotti beans with peas until just cooked.


    2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and sautè onion, garlic and chilli until onion is translucent.


    3. Add in the cherry tomatoes, water, bay leaves and fresh dill and steamed beans and simmer for 10 minutes until beans cooked through.


    4. Season with salt and pepper, pour into serving bowl and garnish with goat’s cheese and fresh oregano leaves, and serve.


    Recipe from The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, available now from Pan Macmillan Australia.

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