I came up with this appetizer for my son, who's big on delicious but healthy food. The lighter beans-and-dip combo has won over even finicky eaters. —Dinah Halterman, Harmony, NC
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- 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons dill seed
- 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 4 cups water
- 1-1/4 cups white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese or non-dairy imitation cream cheese
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced chives
- 1 teaspoon horseradish
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1-1/2 cups flaked smoked salmon fillets
- Fresh dill sprig, optional
- Assorted crackers
- Place beans in a 13x9-in dish. Add dill seed and garlic. In a large saucepan, combine water, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until salt is dissolved. Pour hot brine over beans. Cool completely. Refrigerate, covered, 2 days.
- For dip, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and yogurt until smooth. Stir in parsley, chives, horseradish, lemon peel and juice, dill weed and salt. Stir in salmon. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.
- To serve, drain green beans; arrange on a platter. If desired, top dip with dill sprig. Serve dip with beans and crackers. Yield: 1-1/2 pounds beans (2-1/3 cups dip).
Originally published as Pickled Green Beans with Smoked Salmon Dip in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2016, p19
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