String bean & mushroom salad


1 lb string beans or haricotvert, trimmed
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms
1 tbsp dijon-style mustard
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp hot sauce, such as tabasco sauce

3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 cup thinly sliced red onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

How to prepare

In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the beans and salt to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes or until just tender. Do not overcook. Drain and cool. Wash and dry the mushrooms, then slice them thinly. Prepare the sauce by whisking together the mustard, vinegar, cumin, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Slowly add the oil while whisking vigorously. In a salad bowl, place the beans, mushrooms, onion and chives. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and toss gently. Yield: makes 4 servings.

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