Runner beans & charred leeks with vinaigrette 2016

Runner beans & charred leeks with vinaigrette

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 6

An easy veggie side dish with plenty of crunch, coated in a mustard, chilli and anchovy dressing to give an umami hit

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal143
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 2 trimmed leeks, cleaned and halved



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 400g runner beans, topped, tailed and sliced on the diagonal
    Runner bean

    Runner bean

    Run-ner beens

    Runner beans have been growing in South America for over 2000 years, and are a popular garden…

  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tbsp good-quality red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp finely chopped tarragon leaves



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 1 tsp finely chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, toasted


  1. Bring a frying pan of salted boiling water to the boil, reduce to a simmer, add the leeks and cover with a cartouche (a piece of baking parchment with a hole in the middle). Cook for 4-5 mins until tender and a deeper green, then remove from the water with a slotted spoon (keeping the water at a simmer) and dry in a clean tea towel.

  2. Add the runner beans to the water, cook for 2-3 mins until tender, then drain and set aside.

  3. Heat a griddle pan over a high heat and toss the leeks in 1/ 2 tbsp olive oil and some seasoning. Griddle for a couple of mins each side until charred. Transfer to a chopping board and slice into lengths the same size as the runner beans.

  4. To make the vinaigrette, pound the anchovy using a pestle and mortar (or whizz in a blender), add the chilli flakes, Dijon, red wine vinegar and sugar and combine. Whisk in the remaining olive oil, season, then stir in the herbs.

  5. Put the runner beans and leeks in a large bowl. Pour over the vinaigrette, toss in the spring onions, then scatter over the seeds.

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7th Jan, 2018
It's not vegetarian if it's got anchovies in it!
29th Aug, 2017
This was so much better than I expected. I didn't follow method exactly - just cut up leeks and runner beans quite small and simmered in large frying pan with water. When they started to soften I took out and fried in ghee until cooked making sure leek had a bit of colour. I was nervous about dressing with anchovy but didn't need to be it was delicious especially with spring onions and pumpkin seeds. Will definitely make again and use dressing for other veg side dishes.
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