Green Bean Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Feta, and Lemon-mint Dressing. Perfect for all your summer Barbecues.

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Feta, and Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette #vegetarian #salad #summer

I feel like I can’t stop showing you salad.  Every other day, you’re like, “oooooooooh, anooooooother salaaaaaaaad….didn’t expect that one coming. NOT!” And I’m like, “look, I’m real sorry.”

Except that’s a viciously insincere lie.

Because:

a.) This’ll get you a standing invitation to all the summer barbecues. You’ll be the cool guy or gal with that amazing green bean salad with all the je ne sais quois all up in it.

b.) It does a body good. Just looking out for your health and well being, my babies. Except, by that, I mean I’m looking out for my own health and well being. Because it’s summer, and bikinis’ve got to get wore’d.

c.) It’s hard to be sorry about anything when I’m sipping on boozy bevs next to the beautimous ocean in the exotic land of the Dominican Republic. < – Okay, I do apologize for that.

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Feta, and Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette #vegetarian #salad #summer

By the way, do you like my new outfit?

In case you hadn’t noticed, my lovely site designer, Shay Bocks, made some changes to my blog.  Here are the new attractions:

  • New slideshow: You can see my five most recent posts up close and personal instead of having to scroooooooooooll alllllllllllllllll the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay doooooooooooooown.
  • Thumbnails of my recent posts underneath the slideshow so that, again, you don’t have to scroll as much to see what’s been happening here.
  • A second navigation bar underneath my header. You should click on it. Winky face.
  • My site is now mobile optimized! This means you can read The Roasted Root on your iPhone or tablet-y gizmo much easier than you could before. You can take me anywhere, yessiree Billy Bob Thornton.

Ready for some green bean salad to enjoy while you read these words in the most mobile optimized of ways? Let’s do the bean thing.

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Feta, and Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette #vegetarian #salad #summer

During a scroll through pinterest, I saw this Green Bean, Walnut, & Feta Salad from The Kitchen is My Playground. I was immediately drawn to it like a moth to a bug zapper. It took me all of about 5 minutes to hop in my car to go fetch the ingredients.

I changed up the dressing recipe slightly from the original and made a little extra to have on hand for my other salad-ing needs (which are fierce…but you already knew that). The salad is everything you could possibly want out of green beans. It’s zesty, tangy, crunchy, and all you want to do is just.keep.eating.it.

If you’ve never blanched a single thing in your life, have no fear. It’s super easy, and once you go blanch, you’ll never go back. Right? Right.

All you do is FLASH cook the green beans in boiling water,

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Feta, and Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette #vegetarian #salad #summer

transfer them to an ice bath, and let them chill. Literally…they chill right there in that water. You drain and strain and toss the salad and that’s all it takes to make them dreams happen.

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Feta, and Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette #vegetarian #salad #summer

The lemon-mint dressing. Make extra.  Call in for reinforcemets. I gave you a recipe large enough for the green bean salad and then some, because you really need to eat this dressing on everything.

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts and Feta

I use my Magic Bullet to make all of my salad dressings because the small little pod keeps the dressing contained and prevents it from splattering all over the inside of the blender. No one likes blender splatter. The ingredients just get whirled up for a few seconds, and out comes good vibrations.

You take this green bean salad with you wherever you go, ya hear?

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Blanch it like you stole it.

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Feta, and Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette #vegetarian #salad #summer

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds green beans trimmed and cut into 1.5” pieces
  • 1 cup raw walnuts chopped
  • 2/3 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 2/3 cup red onion chopped

Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup grapeseed or olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zested
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

Instructions

To prepare the lemon-mint dressing:

  1. Add the salad dressing ingredients to a small blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Keep sealed in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

To prepare the Walnut Salad:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the chopped green beans. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, but no longer.
  2. Immediately transfer the green beans to an ice bath in order to stop the cooking. Once cooled, strain the beans into a colander and pat dry.
  3. Add the blanched green beans, walnuts, feta, and red onion to a large serving bowl. Mix in desired amount of lemon-mint dressing and add salt to taste.
  4. Serve alongside your favorite entrée.

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Comments

  1. Julie

    I love green bean salad. And feta. And such-not. And I want to be the popular person at the barbecue, but I don’t go to those. So, I’ll make this and try to be popular with Jerry. Maybe I’ll even be his favorite wife. And thanks a lot for reminding me that you are on the beach. Remember your sunscreen and have a drink for me. Preferably with the fruit, because you know if you eat the fruit, it cancels out the calories in the drink. I went to college to learn that, you know. 😉

  2. Kate @Almond Butter Binge

    This looks amaaaaazing! And summer is made for salads; please don’t stop showing them to us. Especially when they look as good as this one and include nuts and cheese. That’s dinner in a bowl 🙂

  3. April

    wait, yum. green beans are all the rage this summer. and feta was buy 1 get 1 freeeee at kroger when i went yesterday. so basically, this is happening. i can’t wait to be super popular at all the summer gatherings and look good in a ‘kini (*no guarantees on that last part). you healthy, sassy food bloggers – just tell me what you eat and ill do everything you do, cool? iloveit.

  4. francesca

    1. I’m reading this on my phone as we speak- well done, optimizer! and 2. who doesn’t love a standing ovation?!! jelly of your beachbabeness!

  5. Tracy

    I love your recipes and have made several since I signed up for your blog. Wonderful, fresh, delicious food ideas! I will definitely try this recipe but not wiht walnuts. For some reason those just don’t pass with me. Maybe hazlenuts… Keep those great recipes coming.

  6. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    Yuuum I’m digging everything about this not boring at all bean salad, and I looove salads, so post all the tasty salads that your little heart desires and I won’t tire of them!

  7. Monet

    Great site updates and great salad! Oh my goodness, you can just never go wrong with walnuts and feta! Thank you for sharing, my friend!

  8. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    The website looks fabulous and please don’t stop sharing these delicious summer salads! I seriously can’t get enough salad in the summer. I love everything about this green bean salad, especially the feta! Pinned!

  9. Mimi

    Beautiful. A friend of mine made something very similar years ago, and I’d completely forgotten that she gave me the recipe. Although it might take a year to find it. So thank you for the inspiration! And reminder…

  10. Joanne

    LOVE the new stuffs! Also, if I carry this around with me, it will be like I have a little bit of julia with me at all times AND lunch. What could be better?!

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