Store unwashed fresh beans pods in a plastic bag kept in the refrigerator drawer. Whole beans stored this way should keep for about seven days.



Green Bean and Chickpea Salad

Here is a simple yet tasty cold salad that uses those great green (or yellow, or purple) beans. It is from Jane Brody's Good Food Book.

  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 16-ounce can of chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 C chopped onion


  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried
  • 1/4 tsp. salt, if desired
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lg. clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive or salad oil

Steam beans until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Place beans, chickpeas and onion in a large bowl. Combine dressing ingredients and add to the bean mixture, tossing well. Chill for 1 hour or more before serving. Serves 6 to 8