Green Beans with Grape Tomatoes and Gorgonzola…..

As promised I am delivering a delicious twist on what can become a boring dinner vegetable.   The beans pictured are the purple beans I bought at the farmer’s market.  They turned green after cooking.   Isnt’ that interesting?     I used those delicious grape tomatoes from the farmer’s market and fresh herbs from my garden.  I added flavorful olive oil and some crumbled gorgonzola cheese….so simple and so delicious!  Throw this together in 15 minutes.  Ideal for entertaining, make ahead, refrigerate, and serve. 

Green Beans with Grape Tomatoes, and Gorgonzola Cheese

½ lb. yellow wax beans, stems removed
½ lb. green/purple beans, stems removed
10 grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely sliced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola or bleu cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 pinches black pepper

1) Steam beans for 6 minutes. Drain and plunge immediately into cold water. This will stop the cooking. Put into large mixing bowl.
2) Add tomatoes, chives, parsley, and cheese. Drizzle with olive oil, gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, toss gently to coat. Taste, add more seasoning if necessary.  Refrigerate.

*If you’d like a touch of vinegar, give the beans a splash just before serving. If you do it ahead, the acid will turn the beans to a dull green. I think cider or red wine vinegar would be best.

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