Green Beans with Mint and Lime

  I was trying to figure out what to do with the green beans I got in last weeks CSA box when my Martha Stewart Everyday Living magazine showed up in my mailbox.  Lo and behold there was a recipe for green beans with mint and lime.  Not only would this put my green beans to good use, but it was yet another recipe to work through the mint that is so difficult to use.  The recipe was very simple.  Boil a pound of green beans (stems removed) in salted water for about 3 minutes.  Drain the beans and shock them with cold water.  Then toss the beans in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, a heavy pinch of salt, a couple tablespoons of minced mint, and a tablespoon of lime.  I was heavy handed with both the lime and the mint.  I was a little nervous taking that first bite because I worried that I’d turned my green beans into something resembling lime toothpaste, but that turned out to be an unfounded fear.  The beans tasted refreshing and light.  The perfect summer dinner side dish!

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