Green Bean Salad

Green Bean Salad

Looking for a new side dish? You’ll love this easy Green Bean Salad!

For this salad, I use fresh haricots verts (French green beans). But don’t be deceived by the fancy name: This simple salad is anything but pretentious. Just steam the beans, add some cherry tomatoes and feta cheese, and toss everything with a shallot vinaigrette. 

If you have other ingredients on hand that you’d like to try, feel free to get creative! Try adding canned garbanzo beans, cubed fresh mozzarella, chopped nuts, sliced avocado, or torn basil leaves.

Also, if you can’t find haricots verts, traditional green beans (fresh, not frozen or canned) will work just fine. Whichever variety you choose, green beans are low in calories and loaded with good stuff . . . vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, potassium, folate, and iron. So feel good about what you’re eating when you enjoy this dish!

Looking for some serving ideas? This green bean salad is delicious with marinated grilled chicken, meatballs marinara, stuffed grape leaves, or one-pot pasta. Hope you get a chance to try it!

Green Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. fresh haricots verts (French green beans), trimmed
  • 2 shallots, minced (about ¼ cup)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. To steam the green beans, place a steamer basket in a medium pot. Add enough water to just reach the bottom of the steamer basket. Place green beans in the basket. Bring water to boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to low, cover and simmer until beans reach desired tenderness, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer beans to a serving bowl.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together shallots, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Let flavors marinate for about 10 minutes while green beans cool.
  3. Add cherry tomatoes and feta cheese to salad. Whisk dressing again, pour over top, and toss to coat. Serve at room temperature.

 

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