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Balsamic Green Bean Salad Recipe

Balsamic Green Bean Salad Recipe

Serve up those green beans in a whole new way! The tangy flavors and crunch of this eye-appealing side complement any special meal or holiday potluck. —Megan Spencer, Farmington Hills, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese


  • 1. Place beans in a 6-qt. stockpot; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cook, covered, 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • 2. In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, mustard and pepper. Drizzle over beans. Add onion; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in tomatoes and cheese. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 77 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Balsamic Green Bean Salad

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mumsay User ID: 7742579 265590
Reviewed May. 6, 2017

"Not very flavorful. I added bottled balsamic vinaigrette dressing and then it tasted fine, but I wouldn't eat it if I just stuck to the recipe."

cookb4 User ID: 2576615 253411
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"This recipe sounded fantastic to me, but even after refrigerating it overnight I still felt like there was something missing. It wasn't as flavorful as I thought it would be."

Bridgers User ID: 8283626 249186
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2016

"Sorry, this didn't do anything for us. It just didn't have much taste. It looks prettier than it tastes."

june.eka User ID: 8874381 248950
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016


peanutsnona76 User ID: 8027573 248160
Reviewed May. 13, 2016 Edited Apr. 4, 2017

"Excellent, delicious recipe! Will make frequently."

Nia4sure User ID: 5848448 248128
Reviewed May. 12, 2016

"We tried it and liked it alot! Did not change a thing..."

kcudworth User ID: 1670349 246618
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"This recipe looks good but I love the recipe from the Morton salt website. It doesn't add all the extras and it is delicious .... it is called Greek Green Bean and Tomato salad. But I halve grape tomatoes instead of the plum tomatoes!!!"

MaaryM User ID: 8545069 233135
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

"Really good dressing! I'll be using this dressing on lots of other salads too, I think!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 232485
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"This is a good, refreshing salad. I made 1/2 recipe with fresh green beans."

desmma15 User ID: 3711039 231946
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"I didn't have fresh stringbeans so used thawed frozen ones. Very tasty. Goat cheese would also taste good instead of the feta. Thanks for sharing."

iamtheuser User ID: 3328725 231944
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"love all the ingredients, so this was so delicious it was a meal for us.

thanks!! a reiter"

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 230420
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2015

"We really enjoyed this salad. It's a great way to get the family to eat more greens. I did put less onion in it though. I thought a whole onion would make it overwhelming."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1202636 230312
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"I've made this several times and love it. I take it to work as a lunch."

katie2375 User ID: 7932133 229955
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"It was OK but nothing to rave about."

dig1 User ID: 6907234 229109
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015

"Good tastey. Good to eat for kids"

cbeisel User ID: 913574 166744
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"Loved this although I think I will quarter a small onion so that it can be easily removed when storing leftovers. The onion was much too strong the next day. I will definitely make again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 211145
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"The men in my family (one husband and two grown sons) loved this combination. They don't necessarily rave over salads for dinner per se, but they prefer hearty flavors and this salad certainly has those! It's not that same old boring lettuce and tomato offering."

Orbs User ID: 7287623 187295
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"Delicious and easy to prepare salad. I used shredded sharp cheddar cheese and Ken's Italian Dressing. We enjoyed it for lunch with crackers and cheese. Thanks, Megan."

stevenspoint User ID: 6793093 145266
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

"I've made this salad twice and love it. I had wax beans instead of green beans and it was


kimba825 User ID: 3267464 185830
Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"My Family loves this. This will be the new summer dish. It is great to put into a salad if there are any leftovers"

everydaymomsmeals User ID: 6318150 172588
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"This is a fantastic salad in the summer when fresh green beans and tomatoes are at their best. We loved the salty, briny flavor of the feta cheese crumbled over the crisp flavorful veggies. A great one for picnics too!"

cowgirlbabs User ID: 6519317 211144
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"This is my "go to" to impress! Love It..."

christycincy User ID: 6445428 187293
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"I loved this salad! My boyfriend did not like it as I found out that he does not like cold green beans. His loss, more for me! I enjoyed the leftovers even more the next day and the flavors continued to meld. I saw someone say they did not feel that there was enough dressing. The second day there was plenty as the beans and tomatoes released more of their juices. I would be afraid that more dressing would be too much unless you were sure that there were not leftovers, or just make it the day before and there should be plenty."

Aklmommy User ID: 7278846 116026
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"I made this recipe last week for a party, and it turned out wonderfully. It is lovely for a summer salad. Just be sure you don't overcook the string beans.

Everyone liked it so much, that I am making it right now because I was asked to bring it to a Memorial Day BBQ!!!!"

JAH7 User ID: 5851524 126819
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"I made this for a school luncheon and people wanted the recipe!"

Diannna User ID: 6642129 118238
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2013


uut4690 User ID: 3515825 116025
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Very tasty and easy to modify. Meaning, I used Garlic EVOO and skipped the dry mustard because I didn't have. Goes together fast."

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 172587
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"The dressing for this salad was very bland for our taste. I added bottled Balsamic Vinaigrette to convince my family to eat this."

cookieface User ID: 1279273 211143
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012


Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 183876
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"I thought it needed more dressing. I would double the dressing amount next time."

I'm The Maid User ID: 5494513 172586
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"Very good. I made with broccoli."

bybybaby User ID: 6670433 101453
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2012

"Didn't like it........."

jackofalltrades User ID: 6344852 211142
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"We loved it, even used canned gr beans in a pinch!"

wjc50 User ID: 3218586 186448
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"I made this for friends - a great summer dish or buffet. Received very positive feedback from the guests."

0127 User ID: 4709323 116024
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"My husband doesn't care for Feta Cheese, but said this was good. Will definitely make it again."

orange farmer User ID: 2570501 145265
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"This recipe went over well with the entire family! My husband summed it up best by saying "this is a keeper", an odd combination that works well together. This will be a "summer staple""

lmkoenig User ID: 3121950 101451
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"Loved this salad. I left the beans uncooked and they had a great crunch to them. My husband said I could make that again anytime soon."

cmgt User ID: 2344357 172584
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"Delicious! Good summer recipe"

cchicco65 User ID: 4497135 101449
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"Needed more vinegar or something as it was bland. The feta cheese did taste good but my husband does not like it so he totally lost out on this recipe."

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 183731
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"good, but nothing special. if not using top grade balsamic, i used moderate, i found it a little too tangy for my taste. needed a little bit of sugar."

nancymcf User ID: 5846378 118235
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2012

"love it, love it, love it! So crisp and fresh. Will definitely make it again."

Kristens198 User ID: 2663751 145264
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"Great flavors!"

spouse1 User ID: 4653714 168167
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"Made this for a pot luck Friday night and it was delicious. Everyone at the pot luck wanted the recipe. The only problem with the recipe was that the leftovers turned a sad brown color, but were still delicious. Perhaps this could be prevented by using a white balsamic vinegar. This will definitely go into my keeper file."

lisa8251 User ID: 5618573 183874
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"I think that the Large red onion is too much onion! I suggest a medium, tops. I added some truvia about a 1/2 teas to the dressing to cut the bitterness. I also added some sunflower seeds which added a nice crunch and a dash of saltiness."

chezshea User ID: 3621564 183862
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2012

"Microwaved the beans (both green and yellow) for 3 minutes only instead of the dutch oven.Decided to try it warm as a side with fish. Fabulous blend of flavors. Popped the leftovers in the fridge to marinate overnight. Just as good cold! Because of the low calorie count I'll use this all the time!"

msreiners User ID: 1774947 107141
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"I found this recipe last year and made it numerous times. I can't seem to get enough of it! I like using chopped fresh tomatoes instead of the cherry tomatoes. The juice from the cut up tomatoes really adds flavor to the dressing."

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 126738
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"Skip the Dutch Oven, just cook the thinks 'al dent. (Sp?) But the ice water is a given to cut off the cooking process.

Yield: 16 servings. Horse Feathers ... make that 8 - 10; Folks munching this will clean the bowl. As to "3 Tablespoons of BV," leave the bottle on the table. Suspect folks will want to 'up the anti.'
Ran into a shop (apparently a 'national chain' of called "Oil and Vinegar," in of all places Missoula, Montana. Lordie do they have 'good things' along the line of 'now that's something I've never seen before.' Cost me close to $100.00 to get out of there with 'concoction' this or that.
End game, don't have one of them around? EXPERIMENT, 8 out of 10 could be killer; Just make a bit, taste test and ???

CheriMcN User ID: 1272462 116022
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"Ooops..... and I also add coursely chopped FRESH basil! That makes the salad!"

CheriMcN User ID: 1272462 185829
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"Good.... but I make a recipe similar to this that everyone prefers over this recipe. I use the blanched green beans, red & yellow cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, also add red, orange, and/or yellow bell peppers, and instead of feta cheese (which we don't care for) I use fresh mozzarella 'pearls'. The dressing is Good Seasons Italian made from the dry mix in the packet using the low oil directions on teh box. Put cheese and all veggies in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve, then toss with as much of the Italian dressing as you care to use to coat. VERY yummy!"

grandmaellie User ID: 2748853 187289
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012 Edited Apr. 4, 2017

"I also added sliced (diced) water chestnuts that I had left over from Salmon Pattie recipe two days ago!! YUMMY!"

karinpastry User ID: 5772376 116019
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2011

"I added Asparagus to this dish. Yummy!"

karebeardancer User ID: 4199342 187287
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"We love this recipe! So simple yet delicious. I cut it in half for my family and also used frozen green beans instead of fresh. It's been added to my list of favorite, "stand by" recipes!"

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