The Perfect Marriage

Add bacon for a threesome

Some things are so well matched, it is difficult, even with their various juxtaposing strengths and weaknesses, their fickleness, to imagine them not paired. We are of course talking about the combination of green beans and potatoes.

Green Bean and Potato Salad

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed, snapped and washed
  • 2 pounds potatoes, skinned or not, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice from half a lime
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp oregano, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • ground black or white pepper to taste

Steam potatoes and beans separately until tender, about 15 minutes for the potatoes and five for the beans, depending on how crisp you like them. Run under cold water to cool and then toss together in a large bowl. Mix remaining ingredients in a smaller bowl and then pour over the beans and potatoes, stirring to incorporate. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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47 Responses to The Perfect Marriage

  1. The caption made me chuckle.

  2. Clare Cooks! says:

    Oh two of my favorite veggies. This sounds great.

  3. Kristy says:

    Hmm…maybe a good way to get me to eat my green beans. Certainly worth a shot. πŸ™‚

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    This was a real blast from the past! Mom served this, minus the red pepper flakes, throughout my childhood and I’d completely forgotten about it. Thanks, Greg.

  5. onewomaninaricefield says:

    Aw. I’m a little sad. From the title I was kind of hoping for an adorable Katherine and Greg photo. Great recipe though.

  6. nrhatch says:

    Love this combo! Any leftovers, I toss them in a tossed salad. YUMMY!

  7. BrainRants says:

    Simple and perfect. And yes, with bacon, please.

  8. My mother used to make this, only she used a ham hock and cooked everything until the green beans were battleship gray.

  9. rutheh says:

    I used the small red skin potatoes and leave the whole, unpeeled.
    Never tried the rice vinegar though.
    Looks wonderful and perfect in your photo.

  10. Purely.. Kay says:

    This wonderful dishes, definitely sound remind me of what I would have at family BBQ’s. Great post

  11. The red pepper flakes are a great idea to give this simple salad a kick – nice one.

  12. Love green beans and spuds together – I often make a mash using potatoes, green beans and onions. Will get to making your salad version ASAP!
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  13. Very poetic, very tasty!

  14. Eva Taylor says:

    The simplicity is astounding, Greg, but I can see how the green-ness if the beans works with the starchiness of the taters! Not for me, as I’m not much of a potato eater but I’d have the beans and a dash of crispy bacon!

  15. That brings back memories of church potlucks…bet I could get the family on board with it!

  16. We don’t eat these sorts of salads, so it’s all new to me… sounds great, though… wouldn’t mind trying it out, actually… πŸ™‚ mmm…

  17. bacon is always welcome πŸ™‚

  18. Beautiful and delicious! Yes, green beans and potatoes (red) for Easter dinner.

  19. Very very healthy side dish !!….

  20. Dang.. I thought I’d get a little relationship advice this morning.. Oh, well, a good recipe is the next best thing;)

  21. egg me on says:

    I am so happy to hear about this most blessed union. But dang, I’d totally make it a threesome. That’s just how I roll.

  22. Mad Dog says:

    I’d like the menage πŸ˜‰

  23. Add some bacon, and it would be perfect!

  24. Courtney says:

    How have I never thought of this combo before?? And I agree with yummychunklet – bacon is probably necessary, too.

  25. wok with ray says:

    This is my kind of salad that I would happily eat with a nice juicy steak. Mmmm, delicious, Greg!

  26. zestybeandog says:

    In this case I def choose a threesome πŸ˜‰ I love beans and potatoes AND Bacon!

  27. nancyc says:

    I really like this idea of combining the green beans and potatoes in potato salad!

  28. Misky says:

    I have a bowl filled with leftover potatoes from dinner, and I’m going to try this recipe tomorrow. Thanks!

  29. kyoske says:

    other perfect marriages?

  30. niasunset says:

    I was expecting to find something special for you and for dear Kathrine… You are amazing dear Rufus, Thank you, Happy Easter, and Blessing and Happiness. with my love, nia

  31. Hi kids – I nominated you for some blogging awards, 3 to be exact. Love all your recipes. You really do inspire me to keep on blogging.

  32. Very nice. I bet this would be really striking with purple potatoes. And I think bacon will definitely be making an appearance.

  33. I love this stuff!!! If only I could get the little guy to share my love…

  34. Ah, here’s that salad you mentioned, and it looks like a must-try!

  35. Misky says:

    Total success. Everyone loved it. I ran short on beans, so threw some just-tender asparagus in also. Worked well. Actually, better than well. It was scrummy! This one is a keeper. Thank you..

  36. billpeeler says:

    Green beans and potatoes – perfect marriage, indeed. The rice vinegar sounds intriguing – would love to give that a try —-

  37. This salad looks so flavorful. I love that you have added oregano.

  38. Nothing like good, old green beans and taters! Love them right out of the garden. I can make myself sick on them.

  39. Jessica says:

    I think of green beans and (mashed) potatoes sitting next to each other on a plate. Seems that I’ve missed out on this marriage, but it sounds great!

  40. Pingback: Rufus Guide to The Perfect Marriage « Misk Cooks

  41. Have beans looking wanting…. An arranged marriage it shall be

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