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Italian Green Bean Salad

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.
  • Makes
    9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 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

Directions

  • Fill a 6-qt. stockpot two-thirds full with water; bring to a boil. Add beans; cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove beans and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • Combine beans, peppers, basil and pine nuts. In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice and seasonings until blended. Drizzle over bean mixture; toss to coat.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 81 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • cookinama
    Dec 25, 2014

    This was very tasty and refreshing. I used a bottled salad dressing to save time and left out the pine nuts because my grandson is allergic. It was still great. I made it for Christmas dinner with homemade baked manicotti and meatballs The meal was rich so this side dish went perfectly. Plus the red and green was great for Christmas!

  • ferndale52
    Aug 19, 2012

    the taste was average, nothing that stands out. i did like the pine nuts, it added a little extra flavor and texture to an otherwise ok side dish