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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


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 9 servings.
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.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 5947968 215904
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4154455 177237
Reviewed 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"

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