To blanch fresh green beans, add beans to large pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 2 to 3 min. Drain, then immediately plunge beans into bowl of ice water to stop cooking. When completely cool; drain and pat dry. Blanching beans sets the color so they stay green in this salad.
Best of Season
Green beans are available year round, with a peak season of May to October. They can be stored tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.