French bean salad
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French bean salad with hard boiled eggs, olives and anchovies

Course Main
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Giulia


  • 400 g of French beans
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g of olives, I used an Italian variety called leccino, you can substitute them with Kalamata olives
  • 6 anchovy fillets in oil
  • A few basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  • Top and tail the beans, rinse them and cook them for about 10 minutes in a pot of boiling salted water. Drain them when they are al dente and cool them under cold water: this will stop the cooking and will keep a bright green color.
  • Now make the hard boiled eggs. Fill with water a saucepan that you can comfortably fit the four eggs and put on medium flame. Cook the eggs for about 6 minutes after the water starts to boil. Drain the eggs and put them in a bowl of cold water - add some ice cubes, too - so it will be easier to peel them.
  • Collect the French beans in a bowl, add the olives, the anchovy fillets, the peeled and halved eggs and a generous handful of basil leaves.
  • Season the salad with extra virgin olive oil, salt, ground black pepper and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar. Toss to mix and stash in the fridge for about half an hour before serving.
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