Fresh Green Bean Salad

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Green bean salad is a fresh, crunchy, bright, and delicious salad full of tomatoes, almonds, and green beans tossed in a quick fresh vinaigrette. 

It’s a perfect complement to any summer dish, from barbecue ribs to pork chops!

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Green Bean Salad Ingredients

Adjust the vinaigrette or the seasonings and make it as tangy as you like! Even on top of a bed of greens, it can be a meal all on its own!

  • Green Beans – fresh is best. Rinse and trim.
  • Tomatoes – cherry or grape tomatoes hold their shape and have a bright flavor.
  • Chopped Almonds – toast them first for the best flavor.
  • Onion – diced red onion adds great flavor
  • Feta – adds a creamy salty flavor.
  • Dressing – a simple 4 ingredient vinaigrette takes just seconds to make

This salad is simple and delicious but feel free to change it up with your own additions or alternatives:

  • slivered red onion
  • quinoa or grains
  • pine nuts, pecans, or walnuts
  • toasted bread crumbs
  • fresh herbs

green beans in a bowl with water and ice

How to Prepare Green Beans for Salad

Rinse the beans and then trim off the ends. If they’re long, cut them in half (the salad is easier to eat this way).

The green beans in this recipe are blanched with means boiled a short time and then placed in ice water to stop them from cooking. This keeps them fresh and crisp.

GREEN BEAN TIP

This is a quick tip I learned at our culinary school to keep green beans bright in color.

Add a small pinch of baking soda to the water when boiling green beans (or any other green veggie like asparagus). This won’t change the flavor but will keep the beans a vibrant green (rather than a dull color) for a beautiful dish!

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We like to serve this green bean salad next to grilled meats for a fresh summer meal.

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Review Recipe

Fresh Green Bean Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This easy green bean salad with tomatoes is colorful, tasty and goes with anything.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans trimmed
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup red onion sliced
  • ¼ cup feta
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds
Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper

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Instructions

  • Bring water and baking soda to a rolling boil. Cook green beans 4- 5 minutes or until tender crisp. Drain beans and place in an ice bath.
  • Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Add green beans, tomatoes, and red onion and allow to marinate at least 30 minutes.
  • Top with feta and almonds just before serving.

Recipe Notes

For bright green beans, add a pinch of baking soda to the water. This doesn't change the flavor but keeps the color bright and fresh.
If the beans are long, cut them in half.
To toast almonds, place them in a dry non-stick skillet and cook and stir them over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. They can also be baked at 350°F for 7-8 minutes. 
 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 132, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 102mg, Potassium: 310mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 765IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword green bean salad
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

 

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Recipe inspired by Jamie Dean.

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Holly

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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