Green beans, tangelo and nduja

Green beans, tangelo and nduja

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From
Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

This salad is fantastic at the beginning of spring when the green beans are nice and young and the citrus is still in good shape. It’s the perfect kind of salad to have on a cooler day as the spice of the nduja and the sweetness of the citrus are lovely and warming. Nduja is a cured pork sausage from southern Italy. It comes in the form of a paste and packs a real punch. If you like it milder or hotter, adjust the amount. Good Italian butchers will stock it. However, if you can’t find it, buy some chorizo, remove the skin and process the meat in a blender to form a sausage paste and continue with the recipe. You can try other beans or peas, such as snow peas, sugar-snaps, flat beans or roman beans. You can also use any sweet citrus in place of tangelo, such as tangerine, mandarin or orange.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon nduja
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
100ml extra-virgin olive oil
600g green beans, blanched and refreshed in iced water
2 tangelos, peeled and sliced
1 bunch mint, leaves picked
1/2 bunch spring onions, thinly sliced
50g activated almonds

Method

  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, cook the nduja for 2 minutes so it releases its lovely red oil and aroma.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the nduja to cool for 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and vinegar and mix well. Whisk in the olive oil to form a dressing (there’s no need for salt as the nduja is cured in salt).
  3. Put all the remaining ingredients in a bowl, pour over the dressing and mix to combine. Season with a pinch of salt if needed.

Note

  • If you are vegetarian, you can omit the nduja and instead use a pinch or so of Spanish smoked paprika. It’s best to mix the paprika, lemon juice and oil in a jar and give it a good shake before using.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Citrus fruits are a rich source of vitamin C, which is antiviral and anticarcinogenic and can help prevent neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis, colds and fevers. The chilli in the nduja also contains vitamin C, as well as iron, which helps boost the haemoglobin in red blood cells as they carry oxygen through the body. If the nduja is of high quality, you may also receive valuable probiotic benefits from fermentation, which is the traditional process used to make it. Beans contain plenty of vitamin A for good vision, plus vitamin C to boost the immune system, folates for healthy cell creation and dietary fibre to help in lowering blood cholesterol and, of course, to keep the digestive system regular.
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