4 Portions. Approximate cost: £3.92 for all ingredients, 

Skill level: Easy, 

Total cooking time: 10 minutes, 

  • Prep time:  5 minutes, 
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes, 

Equipment used: 1 saucepan, a steamer (or colander) and a jam jar


Another side salad borne from leftovers (radishes can also be added to coleslaw or summer rolls). Potentially the second easiest side dish to make (closely following the courgette, mint and red chilli salad); serve this with a trio of side salads and a spatchcock roasted chicken for ultimate healthy kudos points. 

Again no original recipe as such, but I’ve attempted to copy the various salads you see in salad bars dotted around. 


To prepare:

1: Get a pan of water boiling – you will use this to steam cook the green beans.

2: Thinly slice a handful of radishes

3: Thinly slice 1 shallot or half a small white onion

4: Remove the knobbly ends of the green beans (if needed)


To assemble:

When the pan of water is boiling, add the green beans to a bamboo steamer, a colander or sieve (with lid) and place on top of the pan of boiling water.. Leave for no longer than 4 minutes to ensure that these do not overcook.

Once the time is up, remove from the hob and run the beans under a cold tap until the veg has cooled. Place into a bowl of cold water (with ice cubs if you have them) to stop the beans from cooking further. They should still have a good bite to them. (If in doubt, take them off early, better to have them a little crunchy than a little rubbery)

Prepare the dressing by mixing together 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard, the juice of half a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. To this add the chopped shallots.

If you keep old jam jars / olive jars etc., these are ideal for making salad dressings. Simply add the liquids and the chopped shallot and give a good shake.

Combine the green beans and radishes and pour over the dressing just before serving.



All prices from Sainsbury’s, April 2017, unless otherwise stated

  • 1/2 pack of green beans, (£1.25 for a 300g bag of dwarf beans)
  • 1/2 pack of radishes (roughly 7, 50p for a 200g bag)
  • juice of half a lemon (30p)
  • 1 shallot (or quarter of a small white onion, 17p)
  • 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard (£1.70)


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