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Green Bean, Shell Bean, and Sweet Onion Fattoush

Fattoush is a refreshing Middle Eastern bread-and-vegetable salad. You can blanch all of the beans in the same pot: first the green beans, then the shell beans (but not the other way around, since shell beans release a lot of starch). This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Vegetables" (Clarkson Potter).

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  • Servings: 4

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Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2004


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound green beans or haricots verts, trimmed
  • 3/4 cup shelled fresh shell beans, such as lima or cranberry
  • 3 pitas (each 6 inches)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • 1/2 large Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, quartered and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette


  1. Prepare an ice bath. Simmer green beans in a pot of salted boiling water until crisp-tender and bright green, about 1 minute. Transfer beans to ice bath, reserving pot of water; let beans cool, then remove and pat dry. Place in a large bowl.

  2. Return water to a boil. Simmer shell beans until just tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to ice bath; let cool, then drain and pat dry. Combine with green beans.

  3. Heat a grill (or grill pan) to medium. Split each pita in half. Brush both sides of pita halves with oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill pitas, turning once, until golden and crisp, about 1 minute a side. Let cool, then tear into 1-inch pieces.

  4. Add onion, cucumber, feta, herbs, and pita to beans; drizzle with 1/2 cup vinaigrette and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with mint. Let stand at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour before serving.

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