Green Bean Salad

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If you are from the south, odds are your grandma made some delicious green beans that would stew all day with all sorts of other tasty ingredients. I'm taking that inspiration to create a much healthier and simpler version of a green bean salad. My grandma may roll over in her grave if she knew I was blanching green beans for only 5 minutes, but this recipe is a showstopper, so I stand by it!

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INGREDIENTS

•2 lbs green beans

•1 pint grape tomatoes

•1 lb. bacon, cooked

•¼ cup red wine vinegar

•¼ cup sunflower seeds

•¼ cup tarragon

•Salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Bake bacon or fry in frying pan until crispy. Bring water to boil, add green beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Strain green beans and place into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Cut cherry tomatoes into halves. Roughly chop tarragon and cooked bacon. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix.

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This side dish was a huge hit at my birthday dinner party. As summer comes to a close, this is perfect to share for those last few backyard cookouts with friends and family. Try this at home and take me in your recipe! Enjoy!