Martha uses sugar snap peas, snow peas, yellow wax beans, purple beans, and haricot vert to create a fresh, healthy appetizer. The vegetables are blanched and shocked to stop the cooking and preserve their bright colors. Then, they are served with an easy, creamy dressing for dipping.


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Recipe Summary



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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a vigorous boil. Add about a teaspoon of salt.

  • Snap off the ends of all the beans, leaving the tail on if desired

  • Cook beans and peas in separate batches, starting with the snow peas and ending with the haricots verts, just until color is brightened and they are crisp-tender. They should bend without snapping but not be at all limp, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into an ice-water bath.

  • Once beans have cooled completely, drain in a colander, shaking to remove as much excess water as possible. Spread them on a clean kitchen towel and gently pat away remaining moisture. Loosely wrap vegetables in the towel and chill for up to 2 hours.

  • To make dressing: Grate cucumber on the large holes of a box grater.

  • In medium bowl, mix together cucumber shallot, sour cream, buttermilk, and mayonnaise. Add fresh lemon juice, salt, parsley, chives, and cayenne pepper. Season with more salt and cayenne, if desired.

  • Arrange vegetables on a platter and serve with dressing for dipping.