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Italian Green Bean Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins

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.

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
  • 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
  1. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to boil. (1/2 teaspoon salt for every cup water).

  2. Add green beans and cook until tender but not completely soft, approximately 5 minutes.

  3. Prepare vinaigrette by mixing together oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, mustard and pepper.

  4. Add cooked beans directly to dressing while still warm. Toss to coat.

  5. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 45 minutes.

  6. Just before serving, gently mix in tomato wedges and onion slices. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe 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