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.

Light Bleu Cheese Dressing or Dip…..

You simply have to try this dressing/dip recipe.  It is absolutely delicious….no kidding, it’s my favorite.  Compare this ingredient list to any bottled you’ve tried..made with real ingredients.  This will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator, although I doubt it will last that long!  Get your hands on some heirloom mini tomatoes, aren’t they beautiful?  Try dipping spicy chicken wings in this dip, fantastic!!!

Bleu Cheese Dressing or Dip
1 cup plain low fat yogurt
2 tablespoons sour cream, use light if you wish
2 tablespoons olive oil mayonnaise, or any you may have
¼ cup bleu cheese crumbles
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Serve with crudités (fancy word for cut veggies) or use as a salad dressing. Great for dipping spicy chicken wings! Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 1 1/4 cup.

*add a little milk if it’s too thick for salad dressing