Green Beans with Ricotta Salata

"Tender fresh string beans sprinkled with fresh basil leaves and ricotta salata and coated with a homemade mustard vinaigrette. Feta cheese can be substituted if ricotta salata is not available."
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  • Cook beans in boiling water with 1 1/2 tsp salt, about 4 minutes, until just tender; drain and immerse in an ice bath; drain, pat dry and place in bowl with cheese and basil leaves.
  • Whisk mustard, vinegar, oil, remaining 1/8 tsp salt, and pepper until oil is emulsified; pour over beans and toss to coat.

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  1. Just happened to pick up some ricotta salata on a recent "gourmet" shopping trip, and this was a great recipe to break it in. Doubled the amount of beans and vinaigrette, but didn't care for the fresh basil in this. Very good; will make again.


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