Sunday, July 11, 2010

Marinated Green Bean Salad

I came across this salad while looking for some mayo-free options for a pool party we had here at my parents'. We ended up making three salads for the party, but this was my favorite. It can be made using fresh green beans or fresh asparagus. I think either would be great, depending on what is in season or priced right.

1 lb. green beans
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar (I used tarragon vinegar)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

Bring a large pot of water to boil and season with salt. Add the green beans and cook quickly for about 1 minute. Remove from the water and put in an ice bath to cool quickly. This will keep the green beans nice and green with a crisp crunch.

In the bottom of a medium bowl whisk the remaining ingredients together to form the dressing. Add the drained green beans and let marinade in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight.

The first time we ate these at the party they had marinated for just a few hours. The leftovers just kept getting better and better too!


Simply Life said...

oh those seasonings sound perfect!

Cyndi said...

I love fresh green beans and this recipe sounds delicious AND simple enough for even ME to handle!! YUM.

A@ Please Don't Eat Me! said...

yummmmy! that looks so delish!! i was thinking green bean salad, with canned beans, and it didnt sound so good in my head.. lol but this looks awesome! fresh is the way to go!
btw, im keeping up with all your photo updates - looks like you are having so much fun!!!

Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Must be a green bean day - I just posted about this fave veggie of mine too! I like the addtion of mustard on these...yum!

Alisa said...

Oh yum, that sounds like such a refreshing and simple salad!

Maggie said...

This looks so good! It would be perfect for all these local green beans at my farmers' markets :)

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

I love green beans...this looks like a great recipe for them! YUM!

Alisa said...

Made this last night with some CSA green beans and served the beans on our lunchtime salads today. Yummy! Thanks!

Christina said...

Yay I'm so glad you made it and enjoyed it Alisa! We made about a pound and a half for the party so we had tons of leftovers - they keep getting better and better!!!