Warm Salad with Cherry Tomato,Haricot Vert and Pancetta

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Author Notes: This is a warm salad with mixed, ripe heirloom cherry tomatoes, haricot vert and pancetta. The salad cooks in a minimal amount of dressing and is served warm. Its good by itself with some hearty warm bread, you will want to soak up some of the delicious juices or it can accompany meat or fish. - sdebrangosdebrango

Food52 Review: The haricots verts in this quick salad serve as a great backdrop to sweet heirloom cherry tomatoes and salty pancetta. I made this for a weekend lunch, and the combination of flavors and textures made for a very satisfying midday meal. The vinegar cut through the richness of the pancetta, mixing with the olive oil and tomato juices to create a wonderful dressing that was readily sopped up with a big chunk of bread. This dish is a great way to use late summer farmer's market produce, and a delicious one at that! - forester_ladydocumentngdinnr

Serves 4-6

Prep work

  • 12 mixed color heirloom cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 pound haricot vert cleaned and stem side only removed
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 pound pancetta cut into cubes (2 1 inch thick slices)
  • 1 tablespoon salt (to add to water to cook haricot vert)
  1. Blanch the haricot vert in a large pot of salted water. Bring water to a boil add at least a tablespoon of salt and add the beans, cook for 5 minutes. While beans are cooking prepare an ice bath you want to add the beans to the ice bath to shock them, remove beans from boiling water and place directly into ice water, this will stop the cooking process and they will retain that beautiful green color. Let your beans get cold then remove to paper towels lay them out in a single layer and pat dry.
  2. Cut your tomatoes in half, mince the shallot and garlic and chop the panceltta into small cube size pieces.

Putting it all together

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat skillet with the 2 tbs of olive oil, add the shallot cook until just starting to soften, add the garlic and continue cooking for another minute. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan add the pancetta and brown, add the shallot and garlic back into the pan and add the 2 tbs of vinegar. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook just until the tomatoes start to soften and release some of their juices. Now add the haricot vert stir together and let cook for 3-5 more minutes. Adjust seasoning. I found I didn't need additional salt for my taste, but I did add pepper. Serve and enjoy.

Tags: cherry tomato,salad,haricot vert

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17 days ago BavarianCook

So quick and easy and very tasty! Thank you for a great recipe! This is a keeper.

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17 days ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much I really appreciate you giving it a try and for the feedback. Thanks again.

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about 1 year ago BlueKaleRoad

I remember this salad - I'm so glad you submitted it! What a marvelous combination of flavors.

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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I decided to resurrect this salad, it's one of my favorites. Thank you so much.

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about 1 year ago LE BEC FIN

TerrIFIC recipe! Love the textures and colors and the salty accent. I will def make it this summer and maybe include corn. Yum,and congrats on the win! and th you!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you LBF I never thought of adding corn but thats a wonderful idea!!

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about 1 year ago Bevi

I am a HUGE fan of this salad. We have made it many times, and it has graced the holiday table 2 years in a row. But it's a great dish year round!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thanks much Bevi!

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about 1 year ago boulangere

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I remember this very well...it's a gorgeous keeper, for sure. And I love slightly warm salads.

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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Thank you it is one I go back to all the time. I love warm salads

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almost 2 years ago Waverly

OOO, this looks delicious!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much!

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almost 2 years ago Bevi

Still one of my favorites! It will be on my July 4th table. It was such a huge hit with my family over the holidays, and easy to put together.

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much Bevi!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

I made this tonight - it was great! I am thinking of serving this for Xmas holiday - perfect colors! I am adding a photo.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much for trying this and I am thrilled that you liked. Yes, wouldn't it be perfect at Christmas. The colors are just right. Love the photo, Thank you!!!

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over 2 years ago student epicure

what a delight to cook and to eat! i made this lovely salad on friday night (just in time to photograph it before the sunset!). the pancetta balances nicely with the greenness of the beans.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, I can't wait to see your photograph and I am so glad that you liked it. Thank you so much for trying it.

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over 2 years ago student epicure

the photo is the third one in the slideshow!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Gorgeous photo thank you!!! Looks really good.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Mmmmmmm. Perfect combination.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, it's a really nice combo and takes me down memory lane to a dish my Mother made. We Italians love our tomatoes with just about anything.

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over 2 years ago Bevi

This is an almost meatless Monday meal for me.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Yes, almost meatless thanks Bevi, its still good without the pancetta. But I do love a good dose of pork.

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over 2 years ago Kitty T.

this is quite beautiful and sounds delightful. I can't wait to make it and I think that it looks like a perfect way to fill up without the carbs! thank you for sharing this!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, the beauty is that is satisfying and honestly I didn't even miss those pesky carbs. Thanks again.

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Oh yes, beans and tomatoes are meant to be together.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Yes they are a marriage made in heaven, Thank you so much.

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over 2 years ago adelimapini

Made this as a stand alone meal for lunch today. Delicious!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you adelimapini for trying the salad, so glad you liked it. I had it as a stand alone meal also. Thank you again.

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Yum! I love green beans and tomatoes together -- and, well, I'm sure the pancetta sends it over the moon.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks EmilyC, my Mother used to make green beans and tomato sauce all the time and it was one of my favorite flavor combo's. The pancetta adds a really nice layer of flavor.

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over 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

stunning - visually - no doubt these ingredients make for a mouth-watering side dish with steak. great recipe! saved...

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, it's great on its own, funny you mention steak. The leftovers are going to accompany a rib eye tonight, If you make it let me know what you think,

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over 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

You mentioned you are no-carb? I'm chubby and thin - back & fourth - so not healthy. At my age I've been "listening" to my body and its says lay off carbs. But man do I love bread & pasta. Been trying though. I'll let you know how your dish turns out when I make. I'm cooking today to submit not 1 but 2, lol, recipes for this weeks contest.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I am low to no carb, like you go between chubby and thin. Right now on the chubby side. I lost so much weight on south beach, fell off the wagon and doing a modified low/no carb now. It really does work at least for me. Need to drop about 15-20. I can't wait to see your recipes.
I am really trying to get fit, just diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the spine and any extra weight is bad for me.
I love bread and pasta too!!! Its the hardest to do without but I am good 6 days and on the 7th I eat what I want in moderation.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Awesome! Nice, simple, lovely flavor combo.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Mmmmmmmm!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you was a pretty tasty meal.

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over 2 years ago lapadia

This is a delicious diet combination, sdebrango! Thanks...

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you lapadia, I am trying very hard to live without bread and pasta, ugh and baked items. Have to get creative with the salads. Thank you again,

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over 2 years ago wssmom

Going to try this with the regular-sized green beans I got today - love salad!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Me too, please let me know what you think of it. Thanks so much.