Asian-Style Three Bean Salad

1 pound string beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 10-ounce bag frozen shelled endamame (green soy beans)
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup 100 percent fruit apricot preserves
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 scallions, sliced

Put the string beans and frozen endamame into a steamer basket and steam them for 4 minutes. Transfer the beans to a large bowl and put them into the refrigerator to cool for 15 minutes or longer.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, apricot preserves, sugar and ginger. Add the black beans and scallions to the other beans, drizzle with dressing, and toss to coat. Season with salt, to taste.

Makes 8 servings; 181 calories per serving.

From Ellie Krieger, The Food Network

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