Ricotta salata is an aged and salted ricotta cheese. Unlike fresh ricotta, it can be sliced or crumbled.
1 Tbsp plus 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 lb string beans, stem ends trimmed
2 oz ricotta salata cheese, crumbled
20 small fresh basil leaves
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp red-wine vinegar
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Bring a large saucepan of cold water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and trimmed beans. Cook until beans are just tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and immediately plunge beans into an ice-water bath to stop the cooking process. Drain, pat dry, and place in a large bowl along with ricotta salata and basil leaves.
- In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar, olive oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
- Pour vinaigrette over bean mixture and toss well.