This greek green bean salad is fresh, crisp, and bursting with flavor! As a tasty bonus, these gorgeous green beans are ready in just 15 minutes!
They’re not just for Thanksgiving, yo!
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.
This gorgeous greek green bean salad is quick, easy, and plate-licking-ly delicious! (pretend that’s a word)
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!
tips for perfectly tender green beans
For the fantastic green bean 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!
I could ramble on forever but I’m really itching to insist that you make this green bean salad ASAP!
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
Perfectly tender green beans sprinkled with fresh tomato, bell pepper, and feta and tossed in a super-easy finger-licking Greek dressing. YES PLEASE!
And the dressing — Ohmygooooooosh the dressing! I had to run upstairs 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 to tell him the news.
Translation: it’s on the menu again this weekend. Love it so!
Greek Green Bean 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 (optional garnish)
- 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- 1 TBSP white wine vinegar 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
- 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.
- Trim ends off green beans and cut in half, if desired.
- Fill a medium pot with water and set to boil on high.
- Set aside a medium bowl of ice water.
- 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!
- Drain and immediately submerge beans in ice bath to halt the cooking process.
- Combine green beans with red pepper and tomatoes and toss with dressing to coat.
- Top with crumbled feta and fresh parsley to garnish.
- 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!
If you get a chance to try this easy peasy greek green bean salad, let me know!
Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation.
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!
more tasty green bean recipes:
First off, I’m 100% head over heels in love with my Spicy Sriracha Green Beans. They almost taste like those spicy + saucy beans from PF Changs but for a fraction of the cost and the ease of making it at home!
Another favorite is my easy Cheesy Green Beans and I’m super excited to try A Beautiful Plate’s Green Beans Almondine this week!
Lastly, in the Spring and Summer months you have GOT to try my Farmer’s Market Chopped Salad featuring tender chickpeas, green beans, zucchini, bell pepper and the most amazing Avocado Dill Dressing. HOLY COW it’s good!
This is so delicious. Even my husband, who’s a picky eater, loved this salad! He even requests it. This is a regular recipe in our meal planning now.
I didn’t have white wine vinegar, so I substituted rice vinegar. Also used grape tomatoes that I halved.
This recipe was so easy and delicious! Thank you!
So stoked you enjoyed it Kathy! Thanks!
I love green salad and this was a fun twist on it! Super easy to make and my whole family loved it!
So glad it was a hit Sophie! xo
Such a delicious recipe! Love this as a side for almost anything!
Thanks Nellie! We had it with homemade Gyros this past week and OMG! It really does go with everything!
Super big hit at Christmas gathering. I went home with an empty dish. Great colors for the holiday but a light dish to compliment other heavier dishes! I’m making it again for another get together, to be served with brunch, I’m sure it’ll be a nice contrast to the other food being served! I didn’t use all of the dressing, less dressed I think it brought out the delight of the fresh ingredients.
I’m so thrilled it was a hit Sharon – thanks for popping back in to leave a review! xoxo
Absolutely adore this recipe. You can taste every ingredient and it’s deliciously fresh! I added some red onion but that’s the only modification I made.
I’ve made it twice in 3 days! Thank you!
Red onion sounds like such a tasty addition! I’m totally adding some next time I make this salad! Thanks Christine!
Just when I thought I couldn’t love green beans anymore, they buddy up with feta and my life is CHANGED.YUM!
Yayyyy! Thank you so much Liz!
This is my favorite green bean dish to eat in the summer. I adore this recipe!
So happy to hear it Renee, thank you!
Does it call for white wine or white wine vinegar? I wasn’t sure which one the recipe meant.
Ahhh I can totally see how the wording got you. I didn’t want to be redundant saying white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar so I noted white wine or champ vinegar in the recipe. Yes for sure use white wine vinegar and you’re good to go Lea! xoxo
Haven”t made this yet, but it looks delicious…especially since I love Feta chese!
Thinking of adding some Greek olives, which is in most Greek salads.
Greek olives would be a great addition Nancy! I hope you get a chance to try it soon – we love this salad! 🙂
It looks like your PRINT link may be broken.
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
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!
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.
So thrilled you enjoyed it Fran! <3 It's always the ultimate compliment to earn a spot on repeat! 🙂
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!
Love your round-up Ashleigh! Thanks so much for including me! <3 Hope you love the salad!
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.
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!
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.
I expect a text the second you try it! Looooooove this salad! And you!
Holy crap! I’m pretty sure this recipe will be making an appearance at every cookout we have this summer. Yum!
You’re going to love it so hard. I promise <3
This looks fantastic! Greek salads are on the radar this week – Arman just made a great one too! Thanks for sharing, pinning!
HELLO FETA!! yes, please. xo jillian
Delicious! Greek food is my favorite.
Yum! This would be a delicious side!! 🙂
You totally ripped me off. I invented Greek food.
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!