Green Bean, Watercress, and Crispy Shallot Salad

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

This year, instead of traditional green-bean casserole, try our vibrant salad of crisp-tender green beans and crunchy fried shallots in a lemony dressing.


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed

  • 1 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower

  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise into rings

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 bunch watercress (8 ounces), tough stems removed


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water, and place a colander inside bowl. Line a baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels. Cook green beans in boiling water until bright green and crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. With a wire skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer to colander to stop cooking. Cool green beans completely in ice bath, then transfer to lined baking sheet; pat dry.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat vegetable oil over medium-low. In a small bowl, toss shallots with flour. Working in three batches, fry shallots in oil until golden and crispy, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer shallots to paper towels, and season generously with salt.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil to combine; season dressing with salt and pepper. Place watercress on a serving platter, and drizzle with half the dressing. Top with green beans and remaining dressing. Serve sprinkled with fried shallots.

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