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This delightful green bean salad features a refreshing lemon dressing and is not only visually appealing but also quick to prepare. Its make-ahead capability makes it perfect for meal planning or for staying ahead when hosting dinner parties and festive holiday gatherings!

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Green Bean Salad

This salad is a go-to for me when I’m planning an extensive menu in advance. It’s perfect for prepping ahead, as most of the components can be prepared in advance, leaving very little to do on the day. The beans can be cooked and ready a day or two ahead, the dressing can be made, and the onion can be chopped in advance. The only thing left to do on the day is chop a fresh tomato since it’s best to do that just before serving to maintain its freshness and avoid sogginess.

The taste and presentation of this salad are simply fantastic! The zesty lemon dressing, thickened with mustard, clings perfectly to the beans, adding a burst of flavor. The combination of chopped tomato and onion serves three important purposes:

  1. It provides a touch of freshness and juiciness, creating a delightful contrast with the beans.
  2. Acting as a “sponge,” it allows the dressing to soak in and slowly drizzle down over the beans, enhancing the overall flavor.
  3. Not to forget, it adds a lovely burst of color, making the salad even more visually appealing!

What you need

Here’s what you need:

Not the tossing sort of salad!

To whip up this scrumptious Green Bean Salad:

  1. Start by shaking the dressing in a jar, as it’s the most effective way to bring all the flavors together!
  2. Trim the beans to your preferred length.
  3. Cook the beans to your desired level of doneness—personally, I prefer mine just cooked!
  4. Pat the cooked beans dry before assembling the salad. This step ensures that the dressing clings perfectly to the beans.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped tomato and onion over the beans, creating a delightful contrast of flavors.
  6. Finally, drizzle the prepared dressing all over the salad, allowing the zesty flavors to meld with the beans and veggies.

Voilà! Your delightful Green Bean Salad is ready to be savored and enj

What goes with green bean salad

This versatile salad is a true all-rounder—it can complement almost any type of Western cuisine and also pairs wonderfully with various international flavors, such as Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean dishes. It even pairs beautifully with Indian food, its fresh flavors serving as a perfect counterbalance to richly spiced curries.

You can serve it on the side of a perfectly cooked steak or alongside simple and crispy pan-seared garlic chicken thighs. It pairs beautifully with meatloaf, Bolognese pasta, roast chicken, crispy pan-fried fish, or sticky baked country-style pork chops. The possibilities are endless—I can’t think of any dish it wouldn’t complement!

Moreover, despite being a great choice for large gatherings, this salad has an elegant presentation, making it a wonderful addition to a dinner party table. So, whether you prefer large rustic platters or elegant settings, this salad is sure to impress your guests and elevate any meal to a whole new level of deliciousness!

Green Bean Salad

Green Bean Salad

This delightful green bean salad features a refreshing lemon dressing and is not only visually appealing but also quick to prepare. Its make-ahead capability makes it perfect for meal planning or for staying ahead when hosting dinner parties and festive holiday gatherings!
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
15 mins
total time
25 mins



  • 1 lb / 500g green beans , trimmed

  • 1 tomato , diced

  • 1/4 red onion , finely diced


  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice (or white wine vinegar)

  • 3 - 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (adjust to taste)

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

  • 1 garlic clove

  • Salt and pepper


  • Finely chopped parsley (optional)


To make the dressing, combine all the dressing ingredients in a jar, and shake well until thoroughly mixed. Set it aside at room temperature, or refrigerate for up to 2 days. Before using, make sure to bring the dressing to room temperature.
Next, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the trimmed beans and bring it back to a boil, allowing the beans to boil for precisely 60 seconds—no more! This quick blanching process will ensure the beans remain crisp and vibrant.
Once the minute is up, drain the beans immediately and plunge them into ice-cold water or run them under cold tap water to halt the cooking process. If you plan to prepare the salad in advance, let the beans dry in the colander before transferring them to the fridge.
When it's time to serve the salad, arrange the blanched beans on a plate and top them with chopped tomato and red onion. Drizzle the prepared dressing over the salad, allowing the flavors to meld. For an extra touch of freshness, you can sprinkle some chopped parsley on top, if desired. Enjoy this delightful and versatile Green Bean Salad!
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