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Monday, April 4, 2022

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes Feta and Toasted Walnuts

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Toasted Walnuts! That is a long name for a salad............but this is a salad worthy of every letter used! Because it is delicious! Don't think the blanching process is not worth the trouble, this process is a cinch...


You will want to remember this salad in the summer when you have green beans coming off the vines daily. Just pick a colander full, get a pot of water on for the blanching process, and begin the magic. You will never eat a better green bean salad than this one, it is more than just delicious. It is mildly crunchy green beans, with sweet tomatoes, salty Feta, and a wonderful vinaigrette, not to mention the toasted walnuts mixed in. 


This salad is so good that one year I made it using some frozen green beans we had put away from our garden. I let them thaw slowly in the refrigerator overnight, and just like when made with fresh green beans, it was wonderful. We love having more vegetables on the table for our meals, and a salad like Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Toasted Walnuts is perfect. It is also one of the many non-lettuce salads we enjoy often. 

This is simple, even the blanching step is a snap. Well OK, it is a snap now that we have an ice maker. To be honest, the blanching and chilling step would have been a reason for me to skip making this salad in previous times. Fortunately, I have matured! And worse than that confession, I would have missed out on this delicious salad! And to think I thought that I did not need an ice maker. But never fear if you are ice-maker-less. I have an alternative plan all worked out!

With no ice maker or ice on hand,  simply drain and cover with cold water. In 2 or 3 minutes, drain and cover again with cold water. Repeat the waiting time, then drain well and spread on a shallow baking pan, and set in the freezer. Set a timer for 10 minutes. At that point, your green beans should be cold and you can finish the salad! And also the way I would have proceeded without an ice maker...

Some thoughts on this recipe:

While it is best served fresh, leftovers are quite delicious. You may notice a softening in the green beans and walnuts. 

Try substituting Hazelnuts and Blue Cheese for a completely different salad!


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • fresh green beans
  • grape or cherry tomatoes
  • onion
  • oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • garlic salt
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mustard, ballpark style is fine
  • sugar
  • Feta cheese
  • toasted walnuts
You will also need the following:
  • large pan with lid
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • colander
  • whisk
  • large mixing bowl
  • large platter or serving dish
Now we are ready to begin!



Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Toasted Walnuts
adapted from: Mel's Kitchen Cafe


1 pound fresh green beans - you could use more there is plenty of dressing
1 c halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1 T minced onion

1/4 c oil - I used avocado oil
3 T red wine vinegar
1/8 t garlic salt
1/8 t salt - plus additional salt for blanching
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/4 t sugar
1/4 t prepared mustard - I used plain old deli-style yellow

1/4 -1/2 c Feta cheese crumbles 
1/4 - 1/2 c broken toasted walnut pieces 




Blanching process:

Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil.
Add 1 T salt.
Set timer for 5 minutes.

Add green beans, and cover the large pan with a lid.
Stand and watch the pot, as soon as a rolling boil is reached, remove the lid.


Let boil, stirring constantly to keep beans moving.
When the timer sounds, drain in a colander in the sink.

Cover the green beans with ice and cold water to chill quickly.

When chilled, drain well

Assemble the salad:


Combine dressing ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisk to mix together. 

Add tomatoes, and stir to coat the tomatoes with dressing.

Add green beans, and stir to combine the ingredients well.


Add the crumbled Feta, stir one more time. 

Arrange on a serving platter, scatter walnut pieces over the top. And serve.

Storage options for Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Toasted Walnuts. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. You will find a change in texture, but the delicious taste will remain!


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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Toasted Walnuts
adapted from: Mel's Kitchen Cafe


1 pound fresh green beans - you could use more there is plenty of dressing
1 c halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1 T minced onion

1/4 c oil - I used avocado oil
3 T red wine vinegar
1/8 t garlic salt
1/8 t salt - plus additional salt for blanching
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/4 t sugar
1/4 t prepared mustard - I used plain old deli-style yellow

1/4 -1/2 c Feta cheese crumbles 
1/4 - 1/2 c broken toasted walnut pieces 

Blanching process:

Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil.
Add 1 T salt.
Set timer for 5 minutes.

Add green beans, and cover the large pan with a lid.
Stand and watch the pot, as soon as a rolling boil is reached, remove the lid.

Let boil, stirring constantly to keep beans moving.
When the timer sounds, drain in a colander in the sink.

Cover the green beans with ice and cold water to chill quickly.

When chilled, drain well

Assemble the salad:

Combine dressing ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisk to mix together. 

Add tomatoes, and stir to coat the tomatoes with dressing.

Add green beans, and stir to combine the ingredients well.

Add the crumbled Feta, stir one more time. 

Arrange on a serving platter, scatter walnut pieces over the top. And serve.

Storage options for Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Toasted Walnuts. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. You will find a change in texture, but the delicious taste will remain!

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  1. Oh, yum! Never added feta nor walnuts to green beans, sounds good!! Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 17! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Shared on Fb, Pn, and Tw.

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  2. This looks so yummy! Sometimes green beans get boring so it's nice to have an alternative use for them!

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  4. I've been surprised to find green beans in so many salads here in France.

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    1. While I have never been to France, one must admire how creative they are with food!

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  5. This would be a great way to replace the awful green bean casserole that appears at nearly every family dinner. I will definitely be using this. Blessings to you and yours! Marie https://asatisfiedspirit.com

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    1. Marie, thanks for dropping by! I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do.

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  6. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope your week is amazing.

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  7. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at A Themed Linkup 104 for Healthy Recipes. Pinned.

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  8. CONGRATS Melynda! Your post is FEATURED at the 25 and Done Link Party 18! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Entries shared on Fb, Pn, and Tw. Opens Apr-14 at 2am. Closes Apr-15 at 3am central time.

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  10. You’re making my mouth water thinking about garden fresh produce!

    Thanks for this recipe and for bringing it to the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop

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  11. This looks like a tasty salad--thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays.

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