Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 19 May 2019

My key ingredient: green beans

Larte D3 executive chef Luigi Margoni explains the versatily of green beans

Green beans. Getty
Green beans. Getty

Luigi Margoni, executive chef at Larte D3, explains why French green beans are a versatile addition to any dish. “As a result of their vibrant green colour and unique taste, green beans can be cooked in many ways. Sometimes they are added as a side dish or can be used as a garnish. They are also versatile and can be used for starters and main courses. The beans add a refreshing taste to even the most simple dishes, and are particularly popular in our Larte D3 fregola salad, complemented by espelette chilli and focaccia croutons.”

Fregola salad. Courtesy Larte D3
Fregola salad. Courtesy Larte D3

Fregola salad

Serves 1

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 3 minutes


1 tomato, diced

1 baby gem lettuce

10g black olives

15g red onions

90g tuna steak

Pinch of salt

Black pepper, to taste

30g French green beans

1 egg

20g focaccia croutons

150g fregola, cooked

Pinch of espelette chilli

Balsamic vinegar


Mix the diced tomatoes, chopped mini lettuce, olives and onion.

Season the tuna with salt and black pepper, and sear in a very hot frying pan, keeping it raw in the middle.

Cut it into three equal pieces.

Boil the French beans and the egg.

Cut the egg into six pieces and the beans in two.

Mix all your ingredients, using fregola as the base.

To serve

Season the salad well with balsamic vinegar, and then serve topped with fresh focaccia croutons.


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Updated: January 15, 2018 06:13 PM