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

I 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

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.
 


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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