Wednesday, August 17, 2011

string bean and tuna pasta salad

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String bean is a horrid name, don't you think? But I do love them, as I love almost every summer vegetable, and almost everything to do with summer for that matter.

I'm pretty sure we've had pasta every night for the last two weeks, but this one here was one of my favourites. Lemony, cool, and refreshing, I will definitely be making this again.

String Bean and Tuna Pasta Salad

300g. whole grain pasta
washed and sliced string beans, about 1 1/2 cups
1/2 cup fresh English peas

1 can responsibly caught albacore tuna, drained and separated into large chunks with a fork
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

For dressing:
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon dijon style mustard
1 teaspoon honey
3 tablespoons olive oil (add more if needed)
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
Salt and pepper

Bring 2 1/2 litres of salted water to boil
Add your pasta and stir. On top of your pot of boiling pasta, place a bamboo steamer with the sliced string beans. After a couple of minutes, add your English peas to the steamer.
When the beans are tender to your liking, remove the bamboo steamer and pour the beans and peas into cold, icy water to blanch.

In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, zest, mustard, honey, olive oil, parmesan, salt and pepper to make the dressing.

Once your pasta is al dente, remove from heat and drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.

In a large bowl mix pasta and dressing and stir until well coated. Add the reserved pasta water if needed. Add your tuna and chives and gently stir.

Serve warm or cold, topped with more grated parmesan and lemon zest. (And like most pasta, best served alongside salad)

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Pinecone Camp said...

That looks so good!

Mary Hudson said...

Thanks! I really did enjoy it.... I might just have to make it again tomorrow!