Green Beans with Dates and Walnuts

300g/12oz green beans, washed and trimmed
1 large bowl of ice water

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Serves 4
Steam trimmed green beans until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to bowl with ice water to stop cooking process and maintain bright green color of the beans.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced onions and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add walnuts, dates and cayenne and cook until the nuts are slightly toasted, about 1 more minute.

Drain the beans, then add to the skillet. Add salt and cook for a few minutes or until heated through. Season to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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