This six ingredient salad will surely become one of your go-to summer recipes. It takes only a few minutes to prepare and goes with any meat or vegetable main dishes at a barbecue or pot luck.
Steam the string beans until barely cooked. (It will probably take less than 5 minutes - watch carefully and test one after a few minutes so they don't overcook.) Immediately after they are done, plunge them in ice cold water, add ice cubes on top. Once they are cooled, drain and dry them.
Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven large enough to hold the beans. Sauté the shallots over medium-high heat for about 5 -7 minutes, until they are just starting to brown. Add the sliced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so.
Remove the Dutch oven from the heat, add the (drained and dried) cooked beans. Toss them well and add salt and pepper to taste. Also add the optional Aleppo pepper if using it. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled