Grandma's salad

Grandma's salad
This salad harks back to the ones French grandmas used to make: green beans and potatoes (preferably still warm) mixed with diced cheese, parsley and chopped onion in a good vinaigrette dressing.
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Last modified on: September 29th 2021

Keywords for this recipe:SaladPotatoesGreen beansOnion
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24 min.40 min.1 hour 4 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 10 min.
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Boil 700 g green beans in a large pan of salted water. They should be tender but still with a bit of "bite" to them (not overcooked).

Stage 2 - 1 min.
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Take the beans out and drain them, leaving the water in the pan.

Stage 3 - 30 min.
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Put 4 potatoes into the same pan of water (any little saving helps!) and boil until completely cooked through.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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Meanwhile, prepare 1 red onion and chop finely.

Chop 1 bunch parsley.

Put into a salad bowl.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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Dice 50 g Comté cheese.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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Add to the bowl.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Cut the green beans into short lengths...

Stage 8 - 1 min.
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..and add to the bowl.

Stage 9 - 4 min.
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Once the potatoes are cooked, peel them.

Stage 10 - 2 min.
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Slice and add to the bowl.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
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Add 5 tablespoons French dressing (vinaigrette), mix well and your "grandma's" salad is ready.
It's important to try and make this a warm salad, with both the beans and potatoes still warm from cooking, served without delay.

If you don't have Comté cheese, any other hard-paste cheese you like will do fine.
Best eaten immediately but will keep in the fridge for later.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,550 Kcal or 6,490 Kj47 gr184 gr70 gr
77 %18 %17 %11 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
97 Kcal or 406 Kj3 gr12 gr4 gr
5 %1 %1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
387 Kcal or 1,620 Kj12 gr46 gr17 gr
19 %5 %4 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 4.77 €
  • Per person : 1.19 €

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