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Green Bean Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts, Feta, and Lemon-mint Dressing is light, refreshing, zesty, creamy, crunchy….it’s all the flavors and textures for your summer BBQs!

Green Bean Salad with walnuts, feta, red onion and herby dressing. A healthy side dish for any event!

During a late-night 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 oddly addicting!

This grean bean salad will 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.

It does a body good! Just looking out for your health and well being.

Green Bean Salad with walnuts, feta, red onion and herby dressing. A healthy side dish for any event!

 

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.

How to Make Green Bean Salad:

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

Begin by rinsing and trimming the ends off the green beans.

Next, we blanch! 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. To do so, bring a saucepan of water to a boil then add the green beans. Cook for 30 to 60 seconds, then immediately strain into a colander.

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.

From here, 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 reinforcements. 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.

Drink it down!

If you don’t think you’ll use the dressing on other salad endeavors, halve the recipe so the dressing doesn’t go to waste.

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, feta, red onion and herby dressing. A healthy side dish for any event!

 

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Green Bean Salad with walnuts, feta, red onion and herby dressing. A healthy side dish for any event!

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts and Feta

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Green Bean Salad with Walnuts and Feta is an amazing side dish for any event!

Ingredients

Green Bean Salad:

  • 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.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 of 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 167Total Fat 14gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 8gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 5g
Healthy Green Bean Salad with walnuts, red onion, feta and lemon-mint dressing - a healthy side dish to go with any main entree!

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Michelle

Monday 19th of July 2021

SO good. I ended up using sweet onion because it was what I had. Another great recipe.

Julia

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Thanks so much, Michelle! I'm so happy you like the recipe! It's such a great go-to :D xoxoxo

Joanne

Sunday 29th of June 2014

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?!

Kelly @ The Pretty Bee: Cooking + Creating

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

Your site looks lovely! And this salad looks so yummy! I love feta and green beans.

Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

Love green beans salad. You've inspired me to whip up a batch soon ;-)

Mimi

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

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...

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