String beans, capers, and basil salad (Insalata di fagiolini, capperi, e basilico) from Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Everyone Can Master by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali

  • basil
  • capers in brine
  • string beans

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  • PinchOfSalt on July 25, 2016

    A friend who usually goes straight for the meat and views vegetables as a necessary evil gobbled this down. The capers I had on hand were rather large, so I chopped them up for this recipe. Also, lacking any fresh basil I substituted 1 1/2 tablespoons of dried basil. I combined the chopped capers, basil and the other ingredients (except for the string beans) to form a pesto-like dressing. No doubt the dish would have been prettier using small, whole capers and shredded basil and presented as specified by the recipe, but even so, this will enter my regular rotation for summer eating. It is delicious, quick, uncomplicated, and shows of fresh ingredients at their best.

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