Green and Yellow Beans, Tomatoes, and Basil in a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Green and Yellow Beans, Tomatoes, and Basil in a Balsamic VinaigretteI haven’t felt like cooking any big meals due to the hot and humid weather here in Portland. I found this green bean salad on Myrecipes.comand it looked too good to resist. I adapted it a bit by using balsamic vinegar and garlic. It took only minutes to make and tasted fantastic. It was light, flavorful, and healthy… perfect for a hot summer day.

Green and Yellow Beans, Tomatoes, and Basil in a Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe from Myrecipes.com
 
  • 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 lb yellow wax beans, trimmed
  • 7-8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 very small clove of garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil, torn
  • Feta cheese, to taste

Green and Yellow Beans, Tomatoes, and Basil in a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cook the beans in boiling water for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Place the beans in a bowl along with the tomatoes, and basil.
 
Combine the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mix with a whisk
until well combined. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the bean mixture then toss gently to coat evenly.
Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve. Enjoy.
 

Green and Yellow Beans, Tomatoes, and Basil in a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net



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27 Responses to “Green and Yellow Beans, Tomatoes, and Basil in a Balsamic Vinaigrette”

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    ♥peachkins♥ — July 8, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    I don't think I've seen those yellow beans….

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    Anonymous — July 8, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    This looks so good! It would be a great BBQ or picnic side dish. Thanks for sharing, Pam. Welcome home! :-)

    Kim in MD

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    Recipe for Delicious — July 8, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    What a perfect summer dish. It might supplant the dish I picked to bring to a barbecue tonight. Thanks!

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    Ana Powell — July 8, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    So perfect and well balanced salad dish ♥

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    Joanne — July 8, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    I've been all about making salads like this as well! Especially with all the fresh produce around, simple and delicious is the way to go.

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    Threads of Inspiration — July 8, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    This looks wonderful, especially for these hot, steamy days!

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    Kris — July 8, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    Hi Pam. This looks delicious and refreshing. I think I have all of the ingredients too!
    You get humidity in Oregon?

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    Pavithra — July 8, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    Wow thats wonderful, healthy and colorful yummy salad… delicious and crunchy..

    Pavithra
    http://www.dishesfrommykitchen.com

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    Lynda — July 8, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    What a beautiful salad Pam…I love the green and yellow beans together and the addition of tomatoes.

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    StephenC — July 8, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

    Oh boy, we'll have fresh yellow wax beans from our garden in about a week. I love them blanched and then cooked in some butter with parsley maybe. Your salad looks divine!

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    Paula — July 8, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    I really like such dinners :)

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    Carmen Rosa — July 8, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    So perfect salad dish!!!

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    Tiffany — July 8, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    I've never seen a dish like that, looks good!

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    Mandy — July 8, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

    I'm so much less motivated to cook/bake when its hot out, even with air conditioning.

    This salad looks great!

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    Marjie — July 8, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    Nice, colorful side dish. Perfect for the hot weather.

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    Design Wine and Dine — July 8, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Always looking for new, healthy side dishes. This is beautiful in look and texture! Very nice!

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    PranisKitchen — July 8, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    very healthy and delicious one..

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    Live.Love.Eat — July 8, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    Oh how I have missed you. I have been gone too but for 3x longer than you. This salad looks beautiful and it's great to be looking at it right now :)

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    More Milestones — July 8, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

    I really need to try new veggies. It looked beautiful!

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    grace — July 9, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    ah, garden goodness. now if i could only learn to make my own feta… :)

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    The Comfort of Cooking — July 9, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    I love all of the fresh ingredients you used, and especially those crunchy green beans – can't get enough of those come summertime! This looks great!

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    Salsa Verde — July 9, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

    I just love this kind of combination. Fantastic!
    Love,Lia.

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    Gaby — July 9, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

    These salads ALL look absolutely delicious! Thank you.

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    Sushma Mallya — July 11, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    Nice healthy one…

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    Chris — July 11, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    Wow, and I thought the first one was colorful, this salad is a rainbow!

    I would like this but the boys wouldn't touch it.

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    Cat @ theKitchenMaid — July 12, 2010 @ 2:46 am

    Ooh! Looks healthy and yummy!

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    Dan @ Eating Ice Cream in the Dark — July 13, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    I came across these beans in the farmers market, I did half with pancetta and chili, but think I’ll try out your recipe with the rest

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