Green Bean and Tomato Salad (Video)
Thinly-sliced fresh basil added at the end makes this Green Bean and Tomato Salad such a delightful summer treat!
It’s a big holiday weekend in the U.S. although this year the Fourth of July is likely to be mostly stay-at-home celebrations. But to encourage you to make some special food for the holiday I’m reminding you about this Green Bean and Tomato Salad for my Friday Favorites pick!
Years ago I discovered those wonderful thin French green beans at Costco, and even after I started growing my own green beans I’d still buy the Costco ones when I had a craving for green beans. This amazing salad was so delicious made with those Costco beans, and it’s one of the reason green beans show up regularly on my shopping list.
Three things bumped this salad up into WOW status for me: the use of slivers of sweet onion for a boost of flavor, the thinly sliced fresh basil added at the end, and a very flavorful dressing with lemon, garlic, and dried oregano. But seriously I love absolutely everything about this salad! If you like green beans at all (and especially if you’re growing green beans and looking for ways to use them), this salad is a must-make! And it will definitely be a festive addition to your Fourth of July menu for those who are celebrating; enjoy!
How to Make Green Bean and Tomato Salad:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- I like fresh beans best when they still have a bit of crunch, so we steamed the beans for this recipe for just about 5 minutes.
- Then we immediately put them in ice water to keep them crisp.
- Drain the beans very well.
- Cut up the cherry tomatoes, and cut the sweet onion into slivers. (We used Vidalia onions, but any type of sweet onion will be good.)
- Whisk together the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, dried oregano, and a little salt to make the tasty dressing.
- Wash basil leaves, spin dry in a salad spinner (affiliate link) or dry with paper towels and then cut into thin strips. I used my beloved Herb Scissors (affiliate link) to cut the basil.
- Toss together the beans, tomatoes, and onions, then toss with dressing and gently stir in the sliced basil.
- Season the salad with salt and a little fresh ground pepper as desired and serve.
Make it a Meal:
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We used Vidalia onion for this recipe. I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe. Any fresh garden green beans can be used. We used about 1/3 cup sliced basil, but next time I’d use more if I had plenty of basil in the garden. Use an olive oil with good flavor for this. This is best when it’s freshly made, but it wasn’t bad at all when it had been in the fridge overnight. This recipe inspired by a green bean salad in Eating Well Vegetables (affiliate link). Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 297mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
We used Vidalia onion for this recipe. I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe. Any fresh garden green beans can be used. We used about 1/3 cup sliced basil, but next time I’d use more if I had plenty of basil in the garden. Use an olive oil with good flavor for this.
This is best when it’s freshly made, but it wasn’t bad at all when it had been in the fridge overnight.
This recipe inspired by a green bean salad in Eating Well Vegetables (affiliate link).
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This salad is not only South Beach Diet Phase One and low in carbs, but it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, Paleo, and Whole 30. I’d say that makes this a delicious healthy salad for any type of diet, wouldn’t you agree?
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