Green bean salad

From issue #1.


50g soft goat’s cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
1⁄4 –1⁄2 teaspoon prepared wasabi
1 cup buttermilk
1 avocado, peeled and roughly chopped
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1⁄4 cup basil leaves plus extra to garnish
sea salt and white pepper


1 kilo of beans and peas made up of sugar snap peas, slim green beans, snow peas and edamame beans (Japanese soy beans), equal quantities of two, three or four types.
Bring a pot of well salted water to the boil and blanch each type of bean separately until al dente. Refresh in iced water to set the colour, then drain well. Combine the beans and set aside.

Place the goat’s cheese, garlic, wasabi and 1⁄2 cup of the buttermilk in a small food processor. Blend well, add the remaining ingredients and blend until a smooth dressing is formed. Season to taste.

Edamame beans are available frozen, either in the pod or out, from Asian stores. They make a delicious snack when blanched and salted, and they are good for you too!