Enjoy all of summer’s best produce with this Simple Italian Green Bean Salad! It’s an easy and healthy side dish that can be prepared in advance and served at picnics, potlucks, and cookouts all season long!
Do you have a summer garden on overdrive? Or do you get to the local farmer’s market and want to buy ALL OF THE VEGGIES…but then you don’t know what to do with them?
This quick salad is a delicious way to use up some of the fresh herbs that are exploding from my garden right now, as well as the bright, sweet tomatoes and crisp green beans that are at their peak. It’s dressed in a simple Italian vinaigrette, so it pairs perfectly with just about anything — grilled burgers, fresh seafood, kabobs, casseroles, baked chicken…the list goes on!
Easy go-to recipes like this one are perfect to have on hand when you need a fast idea for a picnic or summer party. It travels well, it doesn’t require too much refrigeration, and it’s universally pleasing. Not to mention…this recipe is GOOD for you (and it tastes good, too)!
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Simple Italian Green Bean Salad
Yield 10 (1/2-cup servings)
- 1 lb. green beans, washed, ends trimmed, and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 10.5 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup finely diced red onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped oregano (or ½ teaspoon dried oregano)
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Salt, to taste
- Cook beans in boiling water until crisp-tender (about 8-10 minutes).
- Drain beans, rinse with cold water. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk together garlic, herbs, olive oil, and vinegar until completely combined. Season with salt, to taste.
- Once beans are cool, add them to the bowl along with the onion and tomatoes. Toss everything together until coated in dressing. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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