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Thai Three-Bean Salad

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I’ve been just Thai-ing to show you this.

Thai Three-Bean Salad

You’re already mad at me.

I created this recipe for my in-laws’ huge annual 4th of July pool party in Fayetteville. I was absurdly excited about it, until I set it down on the serving table next to exactly 38426534 other salads. Blast!

It was still good though. I still danced in the kitchen. And you should definitely Thrai it.

. . . Still mad.

Thai Three-Bean Salad  Thai Three-Bean Salad

You basically blanch three different types of beans – green beans, edamame, and sugar snap peas. Or snow peas! Whatever you can find. Just don’t use purple wax beans or else your bathroom will be haunted by rotten armpits for the next 22 years.

Just kidding you can use them.

But just be careful.

And THEN, you’ll blitz together a bizunk.ton. of basil and mint with some hot Thai chiles, a little coconut milk and lime juice. If you can’t find Thai chiles, use a jalapeno pepper. Just don’t use a serrano pepper or else your chimney will be haunted by tiny mice with glitter dandruff for the next 18 years.

This is a serious recipe.

And THEN, you toss everything with thinly sliced red onion, peanuts and sun-dried tomatoes. Or cherry tomatoes! Just don’t use roma tomatoes or else your eardrums will be hau – fine.

Thai Three-Bean Salad

Spread your wings and Thai.

Thai Three-Bean Salad:

What it took for 6-8 as a side:

* 12 oz green beans
* 1 cup frozen edamame (shelled)
* 1 cup sugar snap peas (or snow peas)
* 2 cups fresh basil and mint
* 2-3 small Thai chiles, stemmed
* juice from a small lime
* 1/3 cup coconut milk
* 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (or fresh cherry toms, halved)
* 1/4 cups slivered red onion
* 1/2 cup peanuts
* pinch of salt

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add all three beans and cook for about 3 minutes, until they pop in color. Using a spider or a large slotted spoon, transfer the beans to a large bowl of ice water. Blanched!

In a food processor, add the basil, mint, Thai chiles, lime juice, coconut milk, and a small pinch of salt. Puree until smooth. Taste it. IMEANWAT.

Drain the water and ice from the big bowl, and add the coconut dressing, tomatoes, slivered onions and peanuts. Toss to combine.

Transfer to a serving bowl and serve it up!

Thai Three-Bean Salad

Are you still mad at me?

 

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16 Responses to Thai Three-Bean Salad

  1. Tom @ Raise Your Garden July 24, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    A Thai salad is new to me. I love thai food with that special peanut sauce. You throw some peanuts in the salad and seems like a tasty and crunchy addition. I sometimes struggle getting all my veggies in and the three beans fit the bill!

  2. Racheal @ Running with Racheal July 24, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    What a beautiful and unique recipe! Bonus that I have most of the ingredients hanging around in my garden, begging to be used. Thanks!

  3. Sune Moolman July 24, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    This looks Thairiffic! :)
    Loving the addition of the red onions.

  4. Carrie July 24, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    “If you should return to me
    We truly were meant to be
    Soooooooo spread your wings and Thai, butterthai!”

    Still loving this Asian kick you’re on. Don’t stop kickin.

  5. claire @ the realistic nutritionist July 24, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Oh my gosh does this look like freakin’ heaven.

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    hahaha I liked the Thai joke – this looks great!

  7. Wendy July 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    This looks fresh and delicious! I can’t wait to Thai it! :)

  8. Eileen July 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Well, this certainly stands head and shoulders over the typical three-bean salad! I love all the vibrant Thai flavors combined with plenty of fresh, crispy veg.

  9. Jodee Weiland July 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    This bean salad looks wonderful…so delicious! I love the choice of ingredients…thanks for sharing!

  10. Em | the pig & quill July 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    God, it’s refreshing to know there are people in this world I could actually be friends with. (Um, that’s you.) Unfortunately, this is “the online,” so that seems like a really bizarre thing to say. But basically: I love this post and the salad doesn’t suck, either. xo.

  11. Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron July 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Oh my gosh, glitter dandruff? Where do you come up with this stuff?! I was laughing through the whole post! This salad looks great, I’d never think to put bean salad & thai dressing together…bet it’s amazing:)

  12. Bri July 25, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    I couldn’t be mad at you if I thai’d. Thanks, Bev. Great recipe!

  13. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes July 25, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    I’m mad that you made me laugh within 2.2 seconds, that’s gotta be a record!

  14. Leslie July 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    I love this! Thank you for sharing :)

  15. Carol at Wild Goose Tea July 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    I love the pun. I love the salad too. You get two gold stars—one for the pun and one for the recipe. Smiles—-

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