Recipe: Spanish-Inspired Green Bean Salad

With Spanish flavors still lingering on my palette from when I was in Barcelona and Valencia a few weeks ago, I came up with a Spanish-inspired cold summer salad made of green beans, roasted red peppers, and a few other simple ingredients. It has some unusual combinations, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Spanish-Inspired Green Bean Salad
Serves 4
1/4 diced red onion
4 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 roasted red peppers, cut into 2-inch long strips
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 cups fresh green beans, cleaned, trimmed, and cut into 2-inch long pieces
1 hard-cooked egg, chopped

Place the diced onion in a bowl and toss them together with the next 4 ingredients, through salt. The onions will become more mellow and slightly pickled as they marinate in the vinegar.

Meanwhile, blanch and shock the green beans.

Layer the next ingredients in the bowl in the following order, but do not toss them in with the liquid until you're ready to serve: red peppers, parsley, green beans, egg.

Toss gently before serving.