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Author Notes: This tangy side has all your favorites like vine ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, smoky bacon, crunchy radishes and crisp tender beans.
—garlic and zest
For the salad:
- 4 strips thick cut bacon
- 1 pound green beans or haricot verts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup tomatoes, seeded cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup ciliegine (small mozzarella packed in water), cut in half or 1 cup of diced fresh mozzarella
- 1/2 cup very thinly sliced assorted radishes
For the dressing:
- 1/4 cup minced shallot
- 1 1/2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat (from cooking the bacon)
- 1 teaspoon pommery style or whole grain dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- In a medium frying pan, cook the bacon over medium to medium high heat until crispy, flipping several times. Transfer bacon to a small plate covered with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Crumble or chop the bacon. Set aside. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons of rendered bacon fat for the dressing.
- Create an ice bath in a large bowl (ice and water) and set aside. Bring a medium saucepan (about 6 cups) of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until crisp tender about 2-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or spider, transfer the green beans to the ice bath to stop the cooking process. When the beans are cold, drain off the water and pat the beans dry with paper towels. Transfer the beans to a large bowl.
- Add tomatoes, ciliegine and radishes to the green beans and toss to combine. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the shallot, rendered bacon fat, mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, black pepper and kosher salt. Whisk to combine. Salad can be served chilled or at room temperature -- I prefer room temp, myself.