9 Summer Dishes that Taste Better the Next Day

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French Green Bean Salad with Tarragon and Green Peppercorn
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Serves 4

1/2 lb. French green beans, stems removed
1 small green zucchini, ... more 
Photo by: Sarah Shatz
French Green Bean Salad with Tarragon and Green Peppercorn
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Serves 4

1/2 lb. French green beans, stems removed
1 small green zucchini, julienned
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
4 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 pinch of flaky sea salt
1 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
1/2 tsp. green peppercorns, finely crushed (more to taste)
1 to 2 tsp. capers, rinsed and chopped

1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, drop in beans for 1 to 2 minutes, drain and soak in an ice water bath. Cut in half and add to bowl with the zucchini.
2. For dressing, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, mayonnaise, and a couple pinches of salt; stir in tarragon and peppercorns, reserving a small bit of each for garnish.
3. Add dressing to beans and zucchini, stir in capers, and top with a few sprigs of tarragon and pepper. less 
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Thu, Jul 11, 2013 11:14 AM EDT
Cold Chinese or pizza leftovers are delicious, no doubt. But there are some dishes that get even better the next day -- and not in a slightly guilty, I-can't-believe-I'm-eating-this way. The flavors of the ingredients meld together for longer, the meat gets even more tender, the broth of a soup becomes even more flavorful -- simply put, the dishes improve after a day of rest. Here are 9 summer recipes that are begging to be eaten as leftovers.