Green Bean Salad – Dinner at the Zoo

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This green bean salad is made with fresh green beans, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives, all tossed in a Greek style dressing. An easy and satisfying salad that’s full of bright flavors and colors.

Salads don’t need to contain lettuce. In fact, some of my favorite salads are lettuce-free such as black bean and corn salad, cherry tomato salad and this amazingly delicious green bean salad.

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A bowl of green bean salad made with feta cheese, tomatoes, red onion and kalamata olives.

I’m always looking for chunky, veggie based salads to take to my next gathering. Lettuce tends to wilt and get soggy when it sits on a buffet, but chopped salads fare much better. This green bean salad is a unique take on a Greek salad, with many of the same ingredients. This salad is sure to get rave reviews at any potluck!

How do you make green bean salad?

The base of this salad is blanched green beans, which are cut into bite sized pieces. The green beans are combined with thinly sliced red onion, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and herbs. A homemade Greek dressing goes over the top and you’ll be ready to eat!

Green beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, olives and feta cheese in a bowl.

How do you prepare fresh green beans?

To get your green beans ready to be blanched, all you need to do is give them a good wash, then trim off the stem end. The fastest way to trim off the stem end is to line up a handful of green beans, then cut the stems off all at once. It makes prep time go much faster.

Salad dressing being poured over green beans, cherry tomatoes, olives, herbs and onions.

Tips for Green Bean Salad

  • This recipe calls for blanching the green beans. Blanching is a process where you simmer the beans in salted water until they’re just tender, then the beans get transferred to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. The end result is perfectly cooked, bright green beans!
  • The dressing for this salad can be made up to 5 days in advance.
  • This salad can be made with any type of fresh bean such as wax beans, romano beans, or even french haricot vert green beans.
  • I like to use a combination of fresh chopped parsley and dill in this salad. Other great options are chives, green onions or basil.

Are green beans healthy?

Green beans are a very healthy vegetable and are packed with nutrients such as Vitamin A, C and K, potassium, iron, and calcium. Green beans are also low in calories, low sodium, low carb and high in fiber.

A serving spoon in a bowl of green bean salad.

Green Bean Salad Variations

There are so many different ways to customize green bean salad to your taste preferences!

  • Nuts: Add 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, sliced almonds or chopped walnuts.
  • Cheese: Substitute goat cheese or shaved parmesan cheese for the feta.
  • Vegetables: You can use other vegetables such as marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, cucumber or diced green bell pepper.

Green bean salad tossed in a vinaigrette and topped with feta cheese and herbs.

I love to make this salad in the warmer months when green beans are in season, but it’s really a great choice all year round. You’ll get tons of compliments on this unique side dish!

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Green Bean Salad

This green bean salad is made with fresh green beans, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives, all tossed in a Greek style dressing. An easy and satisfying salad that’s full of bright flavors and colors.

Keyword green bean salad, string bean salad

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 pound green beans trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, chives and/or basil

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender.

  • Drain the green beans and place them in a bowl of ice water to cool. Place on a paper towel and pat dry.

  • Add the green beans, tomatoes, onion, feta cheese, olives and herbs to a large bowl.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano and salt and pepper.

  • Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 21.8% | Vitamin C: 29.7% | Calcium: 14.4% | Iron: 9.3%

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