February 19, 2013

Balsamic Green Bean Salad

The vibrant colors of this dish immediately drew me in. Fresh bright green beans with splashes of red tomato, purple onion, and white feta is a gorgeous treat for the eyes. It has wonderful flavor to match. The crunchy tender green beans are marinated in a garlic-balsamic dressing with a hint of lemon. Typically this would be more of a summer dish when green beans are in peak season, but my local grocery store had a sale on some good looking beans so I simply couldn't resist testing it out before summer. It's an easy dish to double up if you're cooking for a crowd or bringing to a gathering. Just a heads up, it's best served the same day if you're looking for eye appeal as the beans start to turn a little brownish the longer they marinate in the balsamic dressing.

Vegan (omit cheese), gluten-free
Adapted from Taste of Home

1 lb. green beans
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 small red onion
Feta cheese

{For the dressing}
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Make the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients.
Trim ends off green beans and rinse. Steam (or boil) for about 3-4 minutes until crisp-tender. In a colander, rinse well with cold water to stop cooking, then pat dry. Cut green beans into 1 to 2 inch pieces.
Dice red onion and halve cherry tomatoes.
Place onion and green beans in a bowl. Drizzle dressing over top and toss to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to marinate.
When ready to serve, add in tomatoes and feta and lightly toss.

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  1. mmm this looks so good! i really want to try that dressing!

    1. Hope you get a chance to! Balsamic and garlic never let's me down :)

  2. Looking forward to serving this to co-workers tomorrow. Hope they like it!

    1. Hi Sara! Yay! Hope it was a success! :)

  3. Wow Kaitlin, that's making my mouth water. Fresh green beans are always awesome! My grandparents used to always make bean salad when I was a kid (which I still like today), but this is a pretty cool twist. Especially the feta cheese ;-)

    1. Thanks so much for the kind message! Always great to reminisce on food from your childhood. I'm definitely a lover of fresh green beans - both plain and fancied up a bit :)


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