This green bean, tomato and feta salad was inspired by the garden on the day the green beans, cherry tomatoes and basil were ripe at the same time. It turned out so well, we’re now making it year round with frozen green beans.
This recipe builds on the Bean and basil salad from a couple of summers ago. The tomatoes and feta are the new twist, I thought they’d go great with the green beans and basil. And they do, they really do! Seriously green beans and basil should get married, it’s a super combination.
Recipe for Green Bean, Tomato and Feta Salad
Green Bean, Tomato and Feta Salad
- 2 cups chopped green beans (1/2 inch pieces) fresh, frozen or canned
- 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp shallots or diced onions
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- If using fresh, raw beans, bring a large pot of water to boil, add beans, return water to boil and boil for 3 minutes or until done to desired tenderness.
- Cool beans in ice water to prevent continued cooking. Drain well.
- Toss beans with tomatoes, onions, basil and feta cheese.
- In a separate small jar, mix oil, lemon juice, mustard, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Shake vigorously.
- Pour on top of bean mix.
- Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 24 hours to let flavours blend. This salad will last up to 2 days in the fridge.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Raw or Blanched Beans?
Yes, you could use fresh, raw beans in this salad – trust me, I tried! Raw beans will squeak between your teeth and are just a little too chewy. I know it’s a little more work and an extra pot – but I definitely recommend blanching or cooking them before tossing into this salad. Just 3 minutes of boiling is all it takes to give your beans a vibrant color and to make them perfectly, deliciously al dente.
Of course, if you’re using frozen beans or canned beans – you can add them straight in since they’re already pre-cooked.
Are Onions or Shallots Necessary?
Of course not – you do you! That said, even though I’m not a huge fan of raw onions, I think they are worthwhile in this salad. But just a little!
For a milder onion taste, I recommend using shallots or soaking red or yellow onions in ice water for 10 minutes to take out some of their harsh bite.
Can I Make it Dairy Free?
If feta is not in your repertoire, no problem – there’s plenty of flavour in this recipe. You may want to add a touch more salt to your dressing – but try it first and see what you think.
What’s your favorite green bean recipe? I’d love to add more green bean recipes to my family meal plan!
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