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Green Beans with Apricots and Serrano Ham

June  3, 2011

Green Beans with Apricots and Serrano Ham

- Amanda

I had this strange and bewitching little salad at Jaleo, a Spanish restaurant that’s part of Jose Andres's Washington D.C. empire. There are no earth-shattering techniques or unusual ingredients involved. Just some dried apricots plumped with sherry and Serrano ham cut into confetti-like cubes. After blanching the haricots verts you want to keep them warm, and toss them quickly with the ham and warm apricots. The heat of the beans should warm the fat in the ham so it helps flavor the salad. Simple dishes are all about this kind of detail.

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Bean Salad with Apricots and Serrano Ham

Loosely adapted from Jaleo in Bethesda, Md.

Serves 4

  • Salt
  • 6 dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup fino sherry (or whatever sherry you can find; a sweet one will work, too)
  • 1/3 cup small green grapes
  • 1/3 Granny Smith apple, skin on
  • One 1/8-inch-thick slice Serrano ham or prosciutto (about 1.5 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced chives
  • 3/4 pound haricots verts or thin green beans, topped but not tailed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

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Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


dds W. September 22, 2011
I had this salad at Jaleo in Bethesda yesterday. Yum! So glad to find the recipe here.
ctgal August 27, 2011
Just went to Jaleo's with friends, and I didn't see it on the menu. But I did have a lovely salad with beets.
lindawee June 6, 2011
Was wondering what you would suggest that would be a tasty substitute for the sherry. I don't drink plus I would like to make this for my kids.
Amanda H. June 6, 2011
How about apricot juice?
Panfusine June 3, 2011
How does a vegetarian make this?.. I mean, is the ham expendable?.. if not, any appropriate suggestions for substitutes?
Amanda H. June 4, 2011
Sure, you could skip the ham. You might also add a grain instead.
EmilyC June 3, 2011
I haven't had this salad at Jaleo either, but I'm glad you're continuing to sleuth as the "Counterfeit Cook" (as you referred to yourself in another post)! I'm anxious to try this.
Amanda H. June 4, 2011
Forgot about that rubric! Thanks.
healthierkitchen June 3, 2011
I always enjoy Jaleo! Haven't had this salad, but it looks great!
Amanda H. June 4, 2011
We ordered it because it seemed like it would work as a refreshing contrast to all the fried food and pork we had coming our way.
lorigoldsby June 3, 2011
bright and beautiful--might even get me to eat my beans again!
Amanda H. June 4, 2011
Whatever it takes, right?
fiveandspice June 3, 2011
Yum! I am making this to go with dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing.
Amanda H. June 4, 2011
Great -- thanks.
allie June 3, 2011
Amanda, thoughts on what to replace the ham with that would still add some fattiness? (I keep kosher). Was thinking maybe smoked salmon?
Greenstuff June 3, 2011
If you can get cured duck breast, sometimes called duck prosciutto, that's a wonderful substitution for cured hams.
Amanda H. June 4, 2011
Like that idea, Greenstuff. Smoked salmon also worth trying. Would cheese be kosher?
mrslarkin June 3, 2011
Yum! And thank you for not cutting the tails off your green beans; that's one of my big pet peeves.
Greenstuff June 3, 2011
Ditto!! My French friends disagree, but I think cutting the tips off suggests that you are covering up for some not-so-fresh beans.
Amanda H. June 4, 2011
Love the tips!