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Italian Green Bean Salad Recipe

Italian Green Bean Salad Recipe

Basil and red pepper lend bright flavor to this green bean salad. You'll love the crunch pine nuts provide! Kathy Kittell - Lenexa, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced roasted sweet red peppers
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Additional fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions

  • 1. Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately place in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • 2. Transfer to a salad bowl; add the basil, peppers and pine nuts. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Drizzle over bean mixture and toss to coat. Garnish with additional basil if desired. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 76 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 87 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.