Italian Green Bean Salad

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Italian Green Bean Salad is a cold salad featuring thin style green beans, tomatoes and onions tossed in a tasty vinaigrette. A healthy sprinkling of Parmesan cheese takes this salad from good to great. Serve along side grilled chicken for the perfect meal.

Italian Green Bean Salad is a cold salad featuring thin style green beans, tomatoes and onions tossed in a tasty vinaigrette. A healthy sprinkling of Parmesan cheese takes this salad from good to great. Serve along side grilled chicken for the perfect meal.

Italian Green Bean Salad Recipe:

I had marked this recipe in my Pot O’Gold cookbook some time ago. The recipe sits right next to another winner Crunchy Pea Salad.  Since I’ve recently become hooked on bags of thin style green beans from Aldi (found in the freezer section), I just so happened to have all the ingredients on hand.  With it being summer, the tomatoes are vine-ripened in our garden making them sweet as can be. If you’ve never had an Indiana tomato in the summer, you are missing out.

In all honesty, these marinated green beans were so yummy that I ate them for dinner and was already thinking about the leftovers before I went to bed that night. There is just something about the light tang of the beans mixed with the sweetness of the tomatoes and the saltiness of the Parmesan cheese.

In the summer, our meals consist of some type of grilled meat (try pork burgers from Rihm’s) and a few summer salads or fresh vegetables to go on the side.

Italian Green Bean Salad is a cold salad featuring thin style green beans, tomatoes and onions tossed in a tasty vinaigrette. A healthy sprinkling of Parmesan cheese takes this salad from good to great. Serve along side grilled chicken for the perfect meal.

How to Make Marinated Green Bean Salad:

For the full recipe for cold Italian Green Bean salad, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Instructions:

  1. Prepare vinaigrette by mixing oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, mustard and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cook green beans in salted boiling water until tender.
  3. Drain green beans and add directly to the prepared vinaigrette while still warm. Toss to coat.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 45 minutes.
  5. Just before serving, gently stir in tomato wedges and sliced onion, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Italian Green Bean Salad is a cold salad featuring thin style green beans, tomatoes and onions tossed in a tasty vinaigrette. A healthy sprinkling of Parmesan cheese takes this salad from good to great. Serve along side grilled chicken for the perfect meal.

Notes About Salad with Marinated Green Beans

  • You could use regular green beans (not thin). If you do so, you will have to cook them longer until tender, and you’ll want to snap off the ends first.

Italian Green Bean Salad is a cold salad featuring thin style green beans, tomatoes and onions tossed in a tasty vinaigrette. A healthy sprinkling of Parmesan cheese takes this salad from good to great. Serve along side grilled chicken for the perfect meal.

  • An easy swap for Italian Green Bean Salad would be to use white wine vinegar instead of red and Dijon mustard instead of regular yellow mustard.
  • This marinated green bean salad gets tastier as it sits in the fridge. Be sure to toss in the tomatoes and onions and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese right before serving.
  • You may want to toss the green beans a few times in the marinade while it sits in the fridge.
  • This is much tastier in the summer when tomatoes are ripe.
  • Do you love summer salads as much as we do? Try Asparagus Corn Salad, Red Bean Salad, Old Fashioned Pea Salad, and Cauliflower Ranch Layered Salad.

Italian Green Bean Salad is a cold salad featuring thin style green beans, tomatoes and onions tossed in a tasty vinaigrette. A healthy sprinkling of Parmesan cheese takes this salad from good to great. Serve along side grilled chicken for the perfect meal.

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Italian Green Bean Salad

Italian Green Bean Salad is a cold salad featuring thin style green beans, tomatoes and onions tossed in a tasty vinaigrette. A healthy sprinkling of Parmesan cheese takes this salad from good to great. Serve along side grilled chicken for the perfect meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cold Green Bean Salad, Italian Green Bean Salad, Italian Marinated Green Bean Salad
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen thin (French Style) green beans
  • 2 tomatoes, cut in wedges
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • dash black pepper

Instructions

  • Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to boil. (1/2 teaspoon salt for every cup water).
  • Add green beans and cook until tender but not completely soft, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Prepare vinaigrette by mixing together oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, mustard and pepper.
  • Add cooked beans directly to dressing while still warm. Toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 45 minutes.
  • Just before serving, gently mix in tomato wedges and onion slices. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Notes

  • You could use regular green beans (not thin). If you do so, you will have to cook them longer until tender, and you'll want to snap off the ends first.
  • An easy swap for Italian Green Bean Salad would be to use white wine vinegar instead of red and Dijon mustard instead of regular yellow mustard.
  • This marinated green bean salad gets tastier as it sits in the fridge. Be sure to toss in the tomatoes and onions and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese right before serving.
  • You may want to toss the green beans a few times in the marinade while it sits in the fridge.
  • This is much tastier in the summer when tomatoes are ripe.
  • Do you love summer salads as much as we do? Try Asparagus Corn Salad, Red Bean Salad, Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad, and Cauliflower Ranch Layered Salad

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