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A pile of tender-crisp, steamed green beans makes the perfect side dish for just about any main course. Give yours a citrusy twist with a splash of sweet, tangy orange and lemon juices, plus a zesty kick from freshly ground black pepper and natural sea salt. Quick tip: For freshest flavor, don’t wash green beans until you’re ready to steam them. They’ll keep well in your refrigerator for up to a week.
My vegetable bin often contains what I call “sad” vegetables. Perhaps the cucumbers or the celery aren’t crisp or there are one or two unloved radishes or carrots left over. Combining sea salt with water and spices to make a brining solution is a delicious way to extend the life of your vegetables. The combination of salt, black pepper and sugar provides a spicy, sultry burst of flavor that tickles your tongue.
Brining the vegetables also gives them a savory flavor, a vibrant color and preserves them. Just trim off the brown spots and remove any wilted leaves first. Brining also provides me with a new way to save money by preserving vegetables that typically would be placed in the compost bin.
This recipe for Pickled Cucumber and Radish Salad uses a quick salt brining technique that’s perfect for 1 1/2 pounds of any combination of your favorite neglected vegetables–even if you don’t have cucumbers and radishes.
Pickled Cucumber and Radish Salad
Makes 4 servings
With its permanent place on your dinner table, salt is considered by many to be the sultan of seasonings. But which type is best?
Where does it come from?
Before making its way into that adorable cow-shaped shaker, the salt on your table was made from either halite (rock deposits) or brine (saltwater). These natural sources sometimes contain trace minerals, including magnesium, iron, sulfur and potassium.
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