Haricots Verts and Goat Cheese Salad with Almonds


A salad steeped in the traditions of French home cooking, Viccari served a green-bean salad with goat cheese and toasted almonds.


  • 2 ounces whole almonds (about ½ cup)

  • Coarse salt

  • 1 ½ pounds haricots verts, ends trimmed

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sherry vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 ½ ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds on a rimmed baking sheet, and place in oven. Toast until they are fragrant and golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool. Roughly chop; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a stockpot of water to a boil, and add salt and haricots verts; cook until color brightens and beans are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet; let cool, about 5 minutes.

  3. While still warm, toss beans in a serving bowl with vinegar and olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Add goat cheese, and stir to melt slightly and coat beans. Sprinkle with almonds, and serve.

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