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Marinated Green Bean Salad

With fresh ingredients and a delicious homemade dressing, this Marinated Green Bean Salad is the perfect side dish to any summertime meal.

A FLAVORFUL GREEN BEAN SALAD

If you’ve never tried a green bean salad, then now is the time! This marinated Green Bean Salad is a fresh and light side dish. I honestly could eat it as a meal it is so good! A lot of people think to make pasta salads but I think this green bean salad is so unique that people are often surprised how much they love it. I always come home with an empty bowl! The marinade dressing really takes this recipe over the top.

Marinated Green Bean Salad in bowl with ice water in background.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do I have to use fresh green beans?

Yes. Frozen green beans bring too much water with them and the texture would not be the same. In addition, canned green beans don’t offer that bright green color and crunchy texture we’re looking for with this salad.

How long does this need to chill?

You will want to chill this for at least 4 hours so that the flavors of the marinade and vegetables can marry and combine nicely.

Can I use other vegetables?

Absolutely! It doesn’t have to be green beans. You could use this other vegetables like cooked asparagus, bell peppers and corn.

Are there other good mix-ins?

Some other good mix-ins to this salad that would be garbanzo beans, sliced almonds, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, chopped fresh basil, chopped fresh oregano, or mozzarella pearls.

How do I store leftovers?

This can be stored in an airtight container or covered in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 4 days. I do not recommend freezing.

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INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • trimmed fresh green beans
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • garlic
  • dijon mustard
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • red onion
  • cherry tomatoes
  • parmesan cheese
Ingredients needed: fresh green beans, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, dijon mustard, kosher salt, pepper, red onion, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese.

HOW TO MAKE A MARINATED GREEN BEAN SALAD:

Place the green beans in a large stock pot. Cover the green beans with water 2 inches above the beans. Place on the stove over high heat, and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, lower the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, dijon, salt, and pepper. 

Marinade mixture mixed together in bowl.

Add the warm green beans and onion, toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 4 hours or longer if you can.

Green beans and onions tossed marinade.

Before serving add the tomatoes and cheese.

Tomatoes and cheese added to the green beans after chilling.

Toss to combine.

Tomatoes and cheese tossed in with salad.

Serve immediately.

Fork going into bowl with Marinated Green Bean Salad.

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Marinated Green Bean Salad

With fresh ingredients and a delicious homemade dressing, this Marinated Green Bean Salad is the perfect side dish to any summertime meal.
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time:: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the green beans in a large stock pot. Cover the green beans with water 2 inches above the beans. Place on the stove over high heat, and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, lower the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, dijon, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the warm green beans and onion, toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 4 hours or longer if you can.
  • Before serving add the tomatoes and cheese.
  • Toss to combine, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • This salad is great cold or at room temperature.
  • Other ingredients can be added to this, see suggestions above.
  • You will want to make sure to chill for 4 hours so the the flavors can marry.
  • This is a great make ahead salad for gatherings.
  • Freezing is not recommended.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 545mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    The family loved this. The dressing is amazing! I’ve made this recipe a few times and I decided to add some diced avocados this time. It was a great addition to a wonderful recipe.