Mid-June in the garden is a thriving time, when flowering tomato, pepper and squash plants give signs of good things to come. In the meantime, I'm thankful for an early harvest that provided handfuls of radishes for summer salads -- and, just this week, lots of little beans in every size and shape. English peas, sugar snaps, and haricots verts quickly blanched in salted water and shocked in ice water make a perfect side for any lunch or dinner. I like them with (or even inside) an omelet, or tossed with some fruity olive oil, cannellini beans, radishes, and snipped herbs for a protein-packed picnic salad.
Here are a few other fast & fabulous bean recipes for your summer table: