This no-cook green bean and tomato salad recipe is just the ticket if you're looking for easy summer salads you can make in a hurry. Crisp green beans, sweet little tomatoes, and the refreshing fresh mint will keep you cool, and you won't even have to break a sweat while you're making it.
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Ah summer. Summer means spontaneity. You have to be acutely aware of every moment and soak it in before you find yourself on the couch again in your snuggie watching the snow come down.
So the other day, during our morning toothbrushing ritual, as we were noticing the unseasonably tolerable weather for July, we decided to go to a concert at the botanical garden that very evening.
Great! Leaving the house at 6:30! Get home at 5:30! No time to cook or shop - what will our picnic consist of? I had to make a quick and easy summer salad from whatever was in the fridge - green beans and feta - and what we had in the garden - tomatoes and mint.
When I started looking online for green bean salad recipes, everything was: blanch green beans... blanch green beans... blanch green beans...
I have NO time for blanching green beans! I've got to put two dishes together and assemble a picnic basket of nibbles in less than an hour. Green beans can certainly be eaten raw. So there. That's what I did.
Isn't having raw veggies kind of the point of salad? And isn't the point of salad to not have to cook?
Green Bean Salad Recipe with Tomatoes, Feta, and Mint
This green bean salad recipe is perfect if you are looking for easy picnic or bbq side dishes for those last minute invitations. It'll take you about 10 minutes to make. So say yes. Be spontaneous. Embrace the summer.
*For this green bean salad recipe, I used haricots verts, otherwise known as the skinny French green beans. I think it would work fine with regular raw green beans, but you would probably want to cut them into smaller pieces.
Cut green beans into 1-inch piecesSlice tomatoes in half or quarters depending upon size.
To make the dressing, mix olive oil, vinegar , a little bit of the feta, and a pinch of kosher salt and cracked black pepper. (I like to put this in a small container with a lid and just shake the dickens out of it to combine.)
Pour dressing over beans and toss to combine. Store in fridge for about 1/2 hour to let beans absorb the flavor of the dressing.
Remove from fridge, add tomatoes, feta and mint and toss to combine. Garnish with additional fresh mint leaves and serve.
What can I serve with Green bean salad?
You seem to be looking for bbq side dishes, so you might also need something to grill?
Try these easy summer salads
- Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Mint
- Shrimp Salad with Romaine, Cherry Peppers, and Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette
- 1 lb green beans preferably French-style haricots verts
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes any small, sweet summer tomatoes will work
- 2/3 cup feta cheese
- 2 tbsp fresh mint
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 1/2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
- kosher salt to taste
- cracked black pepper to taste
- Cut green beans into 1-inch pieces, and slice tomatoes into halves or quarters, depending on size.
- To make the dressing, mix olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of kosher salt and cracked black pepper. (I like to put this in a small plastic container with a lid and just shake the dickens out of it to combine. But whisking works too.)
- Pour dressing over beans and toss to combine. Store in fridge for about 1/2 hour to let beans absorb the flavor of the dressing.
- Remove from fridge, add tomatoes, feta and mint and toss to combine. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve.
- For this no-cook green bean salad recipe, I used haricots verts, the skinny, French-style green beans. You could probably also use regular green beans, but you'll need to cut them into smaller pieces.
- I always make my salad dressings at home. To emulsify them, I usually shake them up in an airtight container with a lid. Oddly - for me anyway because I do not have kids - glass baby food storage jars with lids work well for this task.