Looking for a perfect side dish to make for Memorial Day Weekend? I could eat this delicious fresh green bean salad every day. It is easy to make, travels well, is great served at room temperature, and is gluten free and dairy free. It does contain sunflower seeds and almonds, but they can be omitted if nuts are a concern.
The spring flavors of red onion, tomatoes, green beans, and sunflower seeds are laced with my sweet balsamic vinegar reduction dressing and is really delicious. Did I mention there is no oil, so it is relatively low calorie too and works for low carbohydrate too!
If you are not vegan, you can add crumbled blue cheese for an even more enticing dish !
|Optional: Add crumbled blue cheese or feta ( I like it with blue cheese)|
What's Special About The Beans In This Salad
I love cooked fresh string beans, but sometimes they come out too soft, sometimes they come out too tough, and sometimes they come out an unappealing grayish green- but with this method. These green beans come out just right every time!
I was having a women's group over for a light lunch. Along with some egg salad, I was served this colorful gluten free healthy salad that I made relatively quickly and easily. It was impressive!
I knew this salad would only taste good if the string beans remained bright green, crispy and crunchy. Since, I wanted to cook the beans the night before, I researched ideas and decided on the following simple method! It may sound simple but it turns out excellent beans for a salad or any side dish!
The Simple Method for Perfect String Beans!
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
After you clean and prep your string beans, drop them into the boiling water for no more than 2 minutes.( Watch them carefully)
Using tongs, remove the string beans and drop them into a large bowl of cold water packed with ice. This will stop them from cooking and seal in the nice green color and crunch!
Remove the beans from the bowl of ice water and pat dry.
Use immediately in your recipe or store for up to 24 hours.
The Recipe: Green Bean Salad
Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 2-3 minutes
Serves: 6-8 sides ( double the recipe for a party)
1 pound of raw green beans. cleaned and ends removed
8 ounces of cherry tomatoes, washed , dried, and halved
1/4 cup of diced red onion
1/2 cup raw or toasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of slivered almonds
Optional: 1/2 cup of crumbled feta or blue cheese ( make sure the blue cheese is gluten free)
Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Quickly drop the fresh green beans in the boiling water for no more than 3-4 minutes! Immediately, using tongs, remove the green beans from the pot and drop into a large bowl of ice water. Remove, drain, and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl toss the cooked green beans, red onions, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and slivered almonds.( also the optional blue or feta cheese).
Dress with my fast and easy balsamic reduction vinegar Glaze recipe.
|Click for the balsamic Vinegar reduction recipe|
1. Make the green beans in advance up to a day before.
2. Assemble the salad the night before and cover well in the refrigerator.
3. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar reduction dressing just before serving.
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