Green beans are mainly known as ingredients in traditional dishes such as bubble and squeak. But you can do so much more with them. They are also commonly known as ‘string beans’, but to be honest that name is no longer appropriate. In the past, the only green beans that were available were so stringy and tough that they had to be cut up into small pieces or even shredded in a special bean grinder. Nowadays nearly all types of green beans can be eaten whole and have a nice, crunchy texture without being stringy. The only reason to cut them is to intensify their flavour and aroma.
There are also numerous ways of using them in your cooking, such as the grilled beans in this salad recipe.
Finely chop the garlic and the shallot. Mix the finely chopped olives with the chilli pepper, garlic, shallot, extra virgin olive oil and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
Season with pepper and drizzle over the olive mixture.