Yellow Wax Bean Salad | Salata de Fasole Galbena

When in season, yellow wax beans are tender and bright. Add in some garlic and a splash of vinegar, and you'll have a refreshing salad. Try it with a mushroom pizza, with Romanian meatballs, or with another of your favorite entrees.

 - 1 pound of yellow wax string beans
 - 3-4 garlic cloves
 - 2-3 fresh cherry tomatoes
 - 1 cup of chopped fresh parsley
 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil
 - 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar
 - Spices: salt and pepper

 - Bring water to boil in a pot. Add the yellow wax string beans, and boil for 20-25 minutes. When ready, discard the water.
 - Mash the garlic cloves. If you don't like raw garlic too much, mix with the beans while they're still hot - this will slightly cook the garlic. If you're a big fan of raw garlic (like I am), wait for the beans to cool, then add the mashed garlic.
 - Partially mash the beans - we don't want them to be a paste, but we don't want the whole strings either.
 - Dice the cherry tomatoes and the fresh parsley, and add them to the mix. Also, add the olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
 - Mix everything.
 - Serve cold or at room temperature.

 - The recipe is already very colorful - the strong yellow of the beans, mixed in with the red of the tomatoes and the green of the parsley. It can be used in an of itself to add color and taste to other recipes - for example, it greatly compliments a delicious steak.