Fresh, vibrant and full of flavor, this Green Bean and Radish Salad with Garlic Scape & Mustard Vinaigrette is a delicious side dish for a summer barbeque. It is also great for a healthy lunch or snack.
Farm Stands in the Lake Champlain Islands
Another name for this Green Bean and Radish Salad with Garlic Scape & Mustard Vinaigrette could be Three Farm Stand Salad, as I visited three farm stands, in the Lake Champlain Islands, to acquire the main ingredients for this delicious dish.
We’ve spent the past few weeks at our lake house in Grand Isle, Vermont. Grand Isle is an island between South Hero and North Hero in Lake Champlain. These islands along with Isle La Motte and the Alburgh Peninsula, make up the Lake Champlain Islands.
One of my favorite things about the Lake Champlain Islands is the number of wonderful farm stands dotted throughout the islands. There is everything from little stands, that individuals put out in front of their homes to sell the surplus from their personal gardens, to professional farms, selling all kinds of local seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, eggs, flowers and more.
Acquiring the Ingredients
Last Wednesday, I took my three kids to Allenholm Farm in South Hero. Allenholm Farm is a great place to visit. They have a u-pick apple orchard (in season) as well as farm animals that you can feed, a playground and delicious maple creemees (i.e. soft serve ice-cream). On our way to the farm, I stopped at one of my favorite little farm stands and acquired a large bag of gorgeous green beans, all for only $2. I steamed some of the green beans to go with dinner that evening. The rest I saved for making a cold green bean salad.
On Friday, I headed to Pomykala Farm, a family run farm, on Grand Isle, in search of some cherry tomatoes for the green bean salad. I discovered that there were no cherry tomatoes, as they were not quite in season, but I did find some beautiful garlic scapes, which would be perfect for the mustard vinaigrette that I had in mind for the dressing.
I started browsing the other veggies, thinking of a suitable substitute for the cherry tomatoes, when I remembered another farm stand, not too far from our lake house, which is on my jogging route. On my last jog, I had noticed that the stand had fresh radishes, which would be perfect for the salad. I immediately headed over to that farm stand and scored a big bag of fresh radishes, again for just $2. Now, I had all the makings for a fresh and delicious Green Bean and Radish Salad with Garlic Scape & Mustard Vinaigrette.
How to Make Green Bean and Radish Salad
To make the salad, I first lightly blanched the green beans, then transferred them to an ice-bath, so they were cooked a little, but still retained a bit of crunch as well as their gorgeous green color. Once the green beans cooled down, I patted them dry and added them to a mixing bowl along with the radishes, which I had thinly sliced. The tangy radishes complement the slightly sweet green beans so nicely.
For the dressing, I first made a mustard vinaigrette comprised of Dijon mustard, olive oil, white wine and a touch of honey. I then finely diced some of the garlic scapes. If you’re not familiar with garlic scapes, they are the flower bud of the garlic plant, usually removed in order to let the garlic bulb increase in size. Garlic scapes are similar in taste to the garlic bulb, however are more subtle and a little bit milder. I added the finely diced garlic scapes to the mustard vinaigrette, resulting in a delicious, tangy dressing with a touch of sweetness and a subtle garlic kick.
Altogether, this Green Bean and Radish Salad with Garlic Scape & Mustard Vinaigrette is fresh, vibrant, full of flavor and has a nice crunch. This flavorful salad is perfect for a summer barbeque or picnic. This delicious salad is also wonderful for a light lunch or healthy snack anytime.
Have you tried garlic scapes? If so, what is your favorite recipe using garlic scapes? Please let me know in the comments below!