You can buy long beans or Asian beans from markets. They are very juicy and succulent about 20 – 24 centimetres long. Salad works well with regular beans too.

Barbecued long bean salad


250 grams of long beans

1 baby Cos, washed and leaves separated

½ cup almonds, toasted

¾ cup pitted green olives, chopped finely

1 tablespoon harissa

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus a bit more to brush on the beans

Rind of one lemon



Top and tail the beans. Throw them on the barbecue and brush with a little olive oil. Turn them over and cook them for 4-5 minutes so they lose their rawness. Let cool and cut them about 6 -7 centimetre long pieces.

In a small bowl, mix the finely chopped green olive, harissa, lemon rind and olive oil.

Arrange the Cos lettuce leaves on a large platter. Scatter the beans. Sprinkle the almonds and spoon the olive mixture. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

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