Wednesday, 2 November 2016


I've been getting more adventurous with my flavorings recently and this Sunday I decided that I would try using some lemons to flavor my vegetables. No biggy you might think but I've always had a bit of an aversion to using lemons in savory dishes after a bad lemon chicken incident in a restaurant once. I'm glad that I gave it another go at home though as the lemon, mint and mustard dressing that I mix through this selection green beans, leeks and peas really does give the greens a lully little lift.

My recipe below will make enough minty lemon greens for a generous portion for two. Taste the dressing when you make it and adjust the flavors to suit your palette (below is how I like it!) if you think it needs it. You can also add some different greens instead of those used below. Some broccoli or blanched spinach could work quite well with the lemon dressing as well!

Lemon, Mint & Mustard Greens

200g Green Beans (Cut Roughly 1 Inch In Length)
1 Chopped Leek
150g Frozen Peas
Handfull Finely Chopped Mint Leaves
1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
Juice And Zest Of 1 Lemon
1 Tbsp Melted Butter
Salt And Pepper To Season

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and place in the beans, chopped leek and peas. Boil for 3-4 minutes until the green beans are tender and then drain the greens into a colander and run them under cold water. Leave to one side.
  2. Mix together the mint leaves, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, zest and the melted butter in a bowl to form a dressing. 
  3. Place the greens in a bowl, pour over the dressing and season with salt and pepper before tossing everything together. Taste and adjust the flavors if needed.
It's really is as simple as that. Serve your vibrant greens along with some boiled potatoes slathered in butter for a truly pimped up Sunday roast. The tender green beans, leeks and peas should be perfectly cooked, retaining a bit of a bite to them having only been boiled for a few minutes. The flavor combination in the dressing of the lemon, mint and mustard is an absolute winner and it literally takes seconds to whip it up, ready to mix through the greens. The flavor bomb it drops on the greens is absolutely stunning. Give these gorgeous greens a go this weekend and prepare for a lully lully lemony treat!

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