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      Green Bean Hazelnut Mint Salad


      3/4 cup hazelnuts

      8 cups packed green beans (about 3/4 lb.), stems trimmed and strings removed

      2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves

      1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

      2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

      1/2 teaspoon salt

      4 tablespoons hazelnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil

      Method of Preparation:

      1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread nuts out on a baking pan and bake until golden under skins about 10 to 15 minutes. When nuts are cool enough to handle, rub in a kitchen towel to remove as many skins as possible. Chop coarsely and set aside.

      2.In a 4- to 6-quart pot over high heat, bring 3 quarts salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook until just crisp-tender, 4 to 7 minutes. Drain in a colander and plunge beans into a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain again and set aside.

      3.In a small bowl, stir together the mint leaves, lemon peel, lemon juice, and salt to make the dressing. Drizzle in the hazelnut oil, whisking constantly.

      4.In a large bowl, gently toss the beans with dressing and hazelnuts. Serve at room temperature.