Three Bean Salad with Dijon Sauce

I love to cook. I'm no professional like Casey Cocoa Butter was or Chef Jessica our contributing culinary queens from the CIA in Hyde Park, but I L-O-V-E to come home from a long day at work and roll up my sleeves in the kitchen. The more simultaneous dishes I can stir up, the greater my sense of accomplishment. I live for that! Last night was three bean salad, German potato salad and chicken sausage in balsamic glaze. 

Three bean salad is the perfect carry-on for the office mini-fridge. There is a beautiful blend of three beans that evokes a colorfulness with a light fragrance complimentary to summer. I also diced up some raw onions very small to add a kick. I usually halve the onion and then make slices down the back while holding everything in place. Then, I slice across the top VERY carefully so as not to miss the onion and slice anything other than the onion. (I have been working on this technique for a few years and don't recommend it to young readers -- get a parent's help!)

Onions are a tiny bit sweet and the crunch is a perfect add-on to the kidney and garbanzo beans.

The beans came right out of their 15oz cans.. 

The green beans are the part that takes a bit of work. 

I always loved the taste of green beans fresh out of the garden. These fresh beans (As opposed to cans) are the defining ingredient of this particular dish. The ends need to be trimmed off and the beans should be cut into thirds. 

The trimmed pieces make a nice addition to any compost piles you might be starting outside.

I boiled water in a pot and then added a colander full of green beans to steam in the heat for about 5 minutes.

Then I blanched the beans under cold water in the sink and added them to the bean bowl. 

The sauce is 3 teaspoons of dijon mustard, 1/4 c red wine vinegar and 1/3 cup olive oil 

Last, two tsp sugar. 

I blended the sauce with a whisk and then poured over the beans. 

Flavor with salt & peppers... 

and there you have it!

Coincidently, I was boiling potatos for German Potato Salad underneath the beans in that pot so as not to waste any water or energy.. 

That's a recipe for another day! 

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