8 ounces haricots vert or other small, thin green beans (2 cups)
1 tablespoon minced shallot
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons snipped fresh mint
Freshly ground pepper
Rinse beans. Trim tips off beans, if desired. Drain. Place a steamer basket in a large skillet. Add water to just below the bottom of basket.
Bring to boiling. Add beans. Cover. Steam for 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water. (Or, plunge into ice water.) Drain well.
In a mixing bowl toss beans with shallot, oil, and mint. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve as a salad or side dish. Makes 4 servings.