Greek Green Bean Salad

This gorgeous greek green bean salad is fresh, crisp, and bursting with flavor! As a tasty bonus, these gorgeous greek green beans are ready in just 15 minutes!

Greek Green Bean Salad

Greeeeeeen beeeeeeeeans!!!

They’re not just for Thanksgiving, yo!

These gorgeous green beans are available nearly year-round, and are at their absolute best in the Spring and Summer Months. Peaking around May-September, you’re going to want to have this recipe on hand when the price drops and the farmers markets and produce aisles are busting with beans.

For the perfect texture of softened and tender with a crisp snap, I started by blanching my green beans in boiling hot water, followed by an ice bath. This blanching technique gives you beans that are their absolute brightest, without the slightest bit of wrinkling or mushiness. The hot water brings out the vibrant green hue while the icy cold water shocks the beans and halts their cooking process. This method is quick, easy, and delivers delicious results. If you haven’t blanched veggies before, you’ve got to try it!

I swear by this technique with broccoli and asparagus as well.

No more mushy veggies evahhhh!

Greek Green Bean Salad :: quick and easy!

I could ramble on forever but I’m really itching to insist that you make these A.S.A.PLEASE!

Your taste buds will thank me. I suppose they’ll thank you as well because you made the dish for them but really, this is one of the easiest recipes in the history of ever so… let’s just thank green beans for being so awesome.

Thank you green beans!

Greek Green Bean Salad

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Greek Green Bean Salad

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Greek Green Bean Salad

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This gorgeous greek green bean salad is fresh, crisp, and bursting with flavor and ready in just 15 minutes! The recipe serves one as a salad or two as a side dish. Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe to feed a crew; it's sure to be a hit!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 6 oz fresh green beans, trimmed + halved
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato, optional
  • 3-4 TBSP crumbled feta
  • fresh chopped parsley, to garnish [optional]
  • GREEK DRESSING:
  • 3 TBSP quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TBSP white wine or champagne vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed + minced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh or dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dijon mustard
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, parsley, oregano, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper and set aside to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Trim ends off green beans and cut in half, if desired.
  3. Fill a medium pot with water and set to boil on high.
  4. Set aside a medium bowl of ice water.
  5. Once water is at a rolling boil, add green beans and cook for 3-5 minutes or until they reach your ideal tenderness. I like mine al dente; softened but still crisp!
  6. Drain and immediately submerge beans in ice bath to halt the cooking process.
  7. Combine green beans with red pepper and tomatoes and toss with dressing to coat.
  8. Top with crumbled feta and fresh parsley to garnish.
  9. Dive in now or set aside for later! This salad can be made in advance and left out at room temperature for several hours without the feta and up to 4 hours with the feta. For saucier green beans, allow salad to sit and soak up the delicious dressing, marinade-style! Or you can do what I did and scarf some right away while leaving the rest to marinate a bit. Enjoy!

Courses salad, side dish

Cuisine Mediterranean

special diets and swaps

  • t-rex chefs: If you add meat to this greek green bean salad I’m gonna smack you. You can, however, add this sassy side dish to your favorite chicken or steak dish, or even serve it up with a tasty burger.
  • vegansaurus chefs: Simply skip the feta; easy peasy greek green beansy!
  • gluten free? this one’s for you!

This Greek Green Bean Salad is fresh, flavorful, and ridiculously easy to make! As a tasty bonus, these gorgeous green beans are ready in just 15 minutes!

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so . . . how was it?!

Plate-lickingly delicious! Pretend that’s a thing.

It’s great with everything! Pizza Friday? Greek Green Beans! Meatless Monday? Greek Green Beans! Partying it up at a picnic or potluck? Greek Green Beans, mofo! Do it!

And the dressing — Ohmygooooooosh the dressing! I had to run upstairs to tend to chicken little for a bit and when I finally got to finish the other half of my salad [like an hour later!] it was even better than I remembered! The veggies soaking in the sauce amplified the flavors even more and I all but attacked Paul when he got home.

“OMGBABEIMADETHEBESTSALADEVERBUTIATEITALLI’MSORRY!”

Translation: it’s on the menu again this weekend. Have at it.

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Giselle

I love green beans but don’t ever get to eat them because my hubby and son do not. I need to just make this for myself. Yum!

Arman @ thebigmansworld

You totally ripped me off. I invented Greek food.

Rachel

Yum! This would be a delicious side!! 🙂

Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

Delicious! Greek food is my favorite.

jillian

HELLO FETA!! yes, please. xo jillian

Sam @ PancakeWarriors

This looks fantastic! Greek salads are on the radar this week – Arman just made a great one too! Thanks for sharing, pinning!

Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen

Holy crap! I’m pretty sure this recipe will be making an appearance at every cookout we have this summer. Yum!

    Jenn

    You’re going to love it so hard. I promise <3

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

Since I get an overwhelming amount of green beans in my CSA and from the Hubby’s parents garden, I suspect this will be on the menu quite often this summer.

I love the look of that dressing and you’re advice for T-Rex chefs cracked me up.

    Jenn

    I expect a text the second you try it! Looooooove this salad! And you!

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

Back in the day, my mom would make canned green beans and I haaaaated them. Like could not even stomach the thought of them. I’d never had FRESH green beans so I didn’t know good ones were out there 😉 I have since been converted and you KNOW I love feta so these are on my list to make asap!

Carol Borchardt

I’m a feta freak and Greek food geek! Love all these flavors! Look forward to making this in the coming weeks when our green beans are ready in our garden.

Ashleigh

This looks amazing! I hope you don’t mind but I reposted this on my blog (with a link here of course!). I’ll be trying this tomorrow!

    Jenn

    Love your round-up Ashleigh! Thanks so much for including me! <3 Hope you love the salad!

Fran

Good looking and good tasting salad! The green beans are in full swing in the garden now so this is gonna be made a lot this summer…thanks for the recipe.

    Jenn

    So thrilled you enjoyed it Fran! <3 It's always the ultimate compliment to earn a spot on repeat! 🙂

Rebecca Reck

Dear Jenn,

I love this recipe so much that I featured it on my blog.

I’ve titled the post “The Best Real Food Recipes for Your Summer Grill Party.”
Here’s the link: http://motherslittlehelpers.net/the-best-real-food-recipes-for-your-summer-grill-party

Of course, I would love it if you’d share it!

Thank you for your lovely creation. I hope you have a fantastic day!

Sincerely,
Rebecca Reck

Judy

It looks like your PRINT link may be broken.

    Jenn

    Hey Judy! All fixed! 🙂

    Thank you for the heads up! I’m putting a support ticket in with the developer to look into why it glitched. xo

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