This Green Bean and Coconut Salad is a perfect side dish or can be the base for a lunch or small meal. It easy and quick to prepare. You can refrigerate it until you are ready to serve it. It is also great as a take along office lunch.
The beans are delicious and and delightfully crispy.
I often make a small meal out of this by sauteing 3 to 4 ounces of chicken tenders and serving them on top of the beans.
The lemongrass is an important part of the flavor profile of this recipe. If available you can use lemongrass stalks OR one tablespoon of lemongrass paste (add to the dressing).
Green Bean and Coconut Salad
- 1 pound green beans
- 1 red chili pepper (finely sliced)
- 2 shallots (finely sliced)
- 1 lemongrass stalk (pound and finely chop)
- 1 inch fresh ginger (finely chopped)
- mint and cilantro leaves
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
- 3 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp sweetener blend
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Cook the beans in salted water until JUST tender.
- Drain and finse under cold water.
- Place in a serving bowl, and sprinkle the chili pepper, shallots, lemongrass and ginger, over top
- Place all the dressing ingredients in a small jar: coconut cream, garlic, fish sauce, sweetener blend (to taste) and lime juice. Shake the jar until the ingredients are blended together. Pour 1/2 the dressing over the beans. Saving the rest for those who want extra dressing.
- Toss the beans, dressing, mint and cilantro together and ... enjoy!
Lemongrass adds a really nice subtle flavor to this recipe. The challenge for many of us is to find fresh lemongrass stalks.
There are two alternatives:
The first is to substitute the zest from about 1 small lemon. Sprinkle directly onto the green beans or add to the dressing mix. You will get the brightness of a lemon flavor, but NOT the subtle secondary notes of lemon grass, so …
The second alternative is to use lemongrass paste. You might be able to find tubes of lemongrass paste in your grocery aisle. One tablespoon of paste is equivalent to one minced lemongrass stalk. Add to the dressing.
If you can’t find tubes of lemongrass at your favorite grocery, here is a great alternative from Amazon.