I just love green beans so to my great surprise, this week a friend presented me with a box of fresh, homegrown beans, tomatoes, peppers and cucumber. So, I got cooking and came up with this recipe for green bean salad with peaches, bacon and a balsamic dressing.

Three large handfuls of green beans (haricots verts)

2 peaches

1 packet of diced bacon (allumettes)

1 shallot, finely chopped

Balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

1 teaspoon of golden-brown sugar (Cassonade)

Juice of one lemon

Salt and pepper

Mixed fresh herbs, chopped


  • Nip the ends off the beans then plunge into boiling water for around 10 mins so that they are slightly crunchy. Drain and rinse in cold water and set aside.
  • Take the skin off the peaches and remove the stone. Cut into cubes.
  • Make the dressing by whisking the oil (2 parts), vinegar (1 part) and fresh lemon juice (1 part). Add a heaped teaspoon of sugar.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Whisk again.
  • Fry the shallot and bacon to your preference.
  • Arrange the beans in a colourful bowl, add the peaches then the bacon/shallot. Drizzle all over with the dressing.
  • Sprinkle with the herbs.


There was another round of applause from the kitchen table for this fresh and delicious salad. I was happy to eat it with just a plain burger. I really like the irregularity of size of homegrown produce. None of the supermarket, perfectly-formed vegetables rubbish.

When I asked how the French would call a green bean salad with peaches, bacon and a balsamic dressing, the suggestion was Salade d’été avec ses legumes de saison accompagné de ses pêches sucrées. That sounds so much more poetic. Don’t you just love the French language!

mylittledordognekitchen…all recipes are cooked from my little kitchen at home in the Dordogne. I follow the seasons and only use what is available at the time. Here you won’t find complicated recipes with lots of ingredients to measure. That’s not my style. My recipes are not about precision. They are casual, basic and easy to throw together.