14 Best Green Bean Salad Recipes

Green Bean Salad Recipes

These green bean salad recipes are a snap! You’re missing out if you thought the only way to prepare green beans was to sautee them.

Don’t worry, this listicle has plenty of spins on green bean salad. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Prepare a new recipe for dinner, or your next date night to heat things up in the kitchen!

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1. Easy Green Bean & Egg Salad

Even veggie haters will want to eat this healthy green bean and egg salad. It’s a great way to add protein to your greens, and a simple salad that can be enjoyed any time of day.


2. Jamie Oliver Angry Green Bean Salad

Jamie Oliver’s Angry Green Bean Salad is a perfect recipe for when you’re looking to add a little bit of spice to your life!

This recipe is crisp with a flavor that will have everyone (even veggie haters) asking for seconds.

3. Simple Grilled Green Bean Salad Recipe

The humble green bean is not only for holiday green bean casseroles.

Make this versatile green bean recipe this holiday, or to spice up your weekend meals.

4. Green Bean Salad Ottolenghi

If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy green bean salad recipe, look no further than this Ottolenghi-inspired dish.

It’s packed with fresh herbs, diced tomatoes, and feta cheese, and it’s perfect for a light lunch or side dish.

5. Fresh Green Bean Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette

This green bean salad is packed with flavor. And is going to be your new favorite healthy salad.

6. Keto Green Bean Salad

Looking for a new salad to add to your repertoire?

This cheesy keto green bean salad is a delicious and easy option that is sure to please.

Top with chopped bacon for a truly show-stopping salad recipe.

7. Greek Green Bean Salad

This Greek green bean salad is the perfect summer dish!

It’s light, healthy, and full of flavor.

The best part is that it can be made in under 30 minutes.

8. Cold Green Bean Salad

This Cold Green Bean Salad is perfect! It’s easy to make, and can be made ahead of time.

Just add the green beans, red onions, and dressing to a large bowl and mix everything together.

The salad will keep in the fridge for a few days, so it’s perfect for meal prep.

9. Asian Green Bean Salad

Asian green bean salad is a healthy and flavorful dish that is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish.

The salad is made with fresh green beans, sesame seeds, and spicy red pepper flakes.

You can also add in some diced avocado or tuna for extra protein.

10. Green Bean, Feta, and Tomato Salad

This dish is healthy and flavorful. It can be made ahead of time, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights or entertaining.

The salad can be served as a main course or as a side dish.

11. Italian Green Bean Salad

This Italian Green Bean Salad is the perfect side dish for any summer meal, or even as a light lunch on its own.

This salad is packed with fresh flavors, including green beans, chick peas, and red onions. It’s so easy to make, and you can easily customize it to your liking.

Add in some crumbled feta cheese or grilled chicken if you want to make it a bit more hearty.

No matter how you serve it, this Italian Green Bean Salad is sure to be a hit!

12. Fresh Green Bean Salad

This fresh green bean salad is the perfect summer dish.

The fresh green beans are cooked until tender and then tossed with a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard.

The salad is then topped with toasted almonds and crumbled feta cheese.

13. Green Bean and Toasted Almond Salad

Quick, easy, and made with the simplest ingredients.

This easy green bean salad is the perfect way to satisfy a crunchy green bean salad craving.

14. Green Bean & Potato Salad

Green beans and potato salad is ideal Thanksgiving and has legs for weeknight dinners too. It’s quick and easy to throw together and filling, not heavy.

15. Green Bean Pizza Niçoise

Baby green bean pizza niçoise is a mashup of fresh bright green beans, peppery arugula, bright green beans, sweet tomatoes, salty olives, crisp red onions, and rich, savory chunks of Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil.

16. Green Bean Salad with Radicchio, Farro, and Crispy Shallots

This salad, with toasty nuts, fried shallots, and radicchio, is an elegant addition to your dinner table any night of the week.

The farro, radicchio, and dressing can all be made ahead. Toss everything together just before serving.

Did you know?

Green beans are the third most popular vegetable grown in backyard gardens, after tomatoes and peppers.

Green Bean FAQs

What can I store green beans?

Green beans can be frozen, canned, or dehydrated and stored for later use. You can add green beans to salads, eat them crunchy like frenched fries or add them to stir fries, soups, stews, and casseroles.

Are green beans healthy?

Green beans are low-calorie and provide many key nutrients like vitamin C, folate, and vitamin K.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, 1 cup (100g) of green beans also contain the following:

  • 0 grams of fat, cholesterol, and sodium
  • 7 grams total carbohydrates
  • 7 grams dietary fiber
  • 3 grams sugar 
  • 2 grams protein 
  • Calcium 36mg
  • Iron 1mg
  • Potassium 212mg

How do you store green beans?

Store green beans in the crisper section of the refrigerator. If not eating within 2 days, trim a ½ inch off the bottoms and wrap in a damp paper towel placed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They can also be placed in a tall jar or cup with about 1-inch of water in the refrigerator and then loosely cover the top with a plastic bag.

Can you rehydrate limp green beans?

Yes! Refrigeration can dry out green beans. Simply trim off a bit of the tough ends, place in 1 inch of water, cover and refrigerate overnight. The green beans should firm up and regain their texture. 

How long does it take green beans to boil?

Green beans take 5-10 minutes to boil. If you are sauteeing them, boil green beans until bright green and fork tender, about 2 to 4 minutes. Then transfer to a buttered pan and fold the green beans into the butter until coated on all sides.

How do I steam green beans?

  1. Trim off the ends of the green beans
  2. Add enough water to the bottom of a pot so that it does not rise above the steamer basket. Place steaming basket into the pot and then the green beans. Cover and heat on high, water should be steaming.
  3. Once the steam builds, cook the green beans until bright green and fork-tender, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. If not eating right away, transfer steamed green beans to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. Reheat when ready to use and season before serving

How do I boil green beans?

Total Time (prep & cook) – 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of trimmed green beans
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Trim off the ends of the green beans
  2. In a large pot add water and salt. Bring water to a boil, and then add the green beans
  3. Cook green beans until bright green and fork tender, about 2 to 4 minutes
  4. If not eating right away, transfer green beans to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. Reheat when ready to use and season before serving
  5. In a large saute pan over low heat add in the butter and coat the bottom of the pan. Be sure the pan is not too hot, you simply want to melt the butter not cook it.
  6. Add the green beans to the butter, season with salt and pepper and fold the green beans into the butter until coated on all sides.
  7. Serve hot!

Tip #1: How to Reheat. Heat up a small amount of chicken stock (or water) in a pan over medium-high heat and add green beans. Toss until heated.  You can also reheat them in a microwave for 45 seconds.

Tip #2: Storing And Freezing:  Green beans will hold in the refrigerator covered in plastic for up to 3 days.  Green beans don’t freeze well after being cooked. If you do freeze cooked green beans, it’s best to use in soup.

What is blanching?

Blanching is a cooking process in which a food is scalded in boiling water, removed briefly, and then plunged into iced water to stop the cooking process. Blanching is a must for green beans before freezing. It slows enzyme action that causes poor flavor, color and texture.

Can I eat raw green beans?

Green beans are mildly toxic when raw. Cooking green beans neutralizes their lectin content, improves digestibility, and taste, and improves their nutrient content.

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