Green Bean & Balsamic Salad Recipe
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Green Bean & Balsamic Salad Recipe

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Fresh and crisp, this summery salad just begs to be taken to picnics and potlucks. Tossed with vinaigrette, it’s a smart side dish for outdoor meals. —Amanda Smith, Lexington, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1-3/4 cups cubed English cucumber
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 161 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 209 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 fat, 1 vegetable


  1. Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately place beans in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber and beans. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Pour over vegetables; toss to coat. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Green Bean & Balsamic Salad in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p60

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Reviewed Apr. 24, 2016

"Really, really good. I used steamed beans from the frozen section. I would cook the beans a little longer if you like them more tender."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"have made something similar to this for years and this turned out well, especially the dressing. however, I would cook the beans a minute or so longer to add a little more tender to the crisp."

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2013

"I've made this twice in the last week! Great way to use fresh veggies from the garden, and everybody loved it!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"This has a great tangy flavor! Lil Man declared OMGoodness at his first bite. I think next time I'll add some small cubes of fresh mozzarella for a little something extra."

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