Sunday, May 22, 2016

Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Looking for a perfect side dish for any holiday meal? I could eat this delicious fresh green bean salad every day. It is easy to make, travels well, is great served at room temperature, and is gluten free and dairy free. It does contain sunflower seeds and almonds, but they can be omitted if nuts are a concern.

The wonderful flavors of red onion, tomatoes, green beans, and sunflower seeds are laced with my sweet balsamic vinegar reduction dressing and is really delicious. Did I mention there is no oil, so it is relatively low calorie too and works for low carbohydrate too! 

If you are not vegan, you can add crumbled blue cheese for an even more enticing dish !

Optional: Add crumbled blue cheese or feta ( I like it with blue cheese) 

What's Special About The Beans In This Salad

I love cooked fresh string beans, but sometimes they come out too soft, sometimes they come out too tough, and sometimes they come out an unappealing grayish green- but with this method. These green beans come out just right every time!

I was having a women's group over for a light lunch. Along with some egg salad, I was served this colorful gluten free healthy salad that I made relatively quickly and easily. It was impressive!

I knew this salad would only taste good if the string beans remained bright green, crispy and crunchy. Since, I wanted to cook the beans the night before,  I researched ideas and decided on the following simple method! It may sound simple but it turns out excellent beans for a salad or any side dish!

The Simple Method for Perfect String Beans!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
After you clean and prep your string beans, drop them into the boiling water for no more than 2 minutes.( Watch them carefully)
Using tongs, remove the string beans and drop them into a large bowl of cold water packed with ice. This will stop them from cooking and seal in the nice green color and crunch!
Remove the beans from the bowl of ice water and pat dry.
Use immediately in your recipe or store for up to 24 hours.

The Recipe: Green Bean Salad 

Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 2-3 minutes
Serves: 6-8 sides ( double the recipe for a party) 


1 pound of raw green beans - cleaned and ends removed
8 ounces of cherry tomatoes, washed, dried, and halved
1/4 cup of diced red onion
1/2 cup raw or toasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of slivered almonds 
Optional: 1/2 cup of crumbled feta or blue cheese ( make sure the blue cheese is gluten free)


Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Quickly drop the fresh green beans in the boiling water for no more than 3-4 minutes! Immediately, using tongs, remove the green beans from the pot and drop into a large bowl of ice water. Remove, drain, and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl toss the cooked green beans, red onions, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and slivered almonds.(  optional blue or feta cheese).

Dress with my fast and easy balsamic reduction vinegar Glaze recipe.

Click for the balsamic Vinegar reduction recipe 

My Notes:

1. Make the green beans in advance up to a day before. 
2. Assemble the salad the night before and cover well in the refrigerator.
3. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar reduction dressing just before serving. 

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  1. Thank you Marilyn for your kind words and for pinning and sharing. I always look forward to your blog carnivals!

  2. Yummy. Yummy. It looks fantastic. I can’t control my mind after reading the recipe and see these photos. All match perfect together. It can’t be better. Thanks guys. I must try to make it now

  3. Hi Judee, This salad looks so delicious! I look forward to trying it soon! Blessings, Janet

    1. Hi Jan,
      So glad you stopped by and commented. I hope you will make the salad and enjoy it.

  4. Delicious sounding recipe and so simple to assemble too that I pinned it. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful holiday. Nancy A.

    1. Nancy,
      The recipe is delicious and can be made with or without cheese , depending on your preferences. Either way it is a great side dish for dinner or company.

  5. Hi Judee,
    Wow this looks so tasty and healthy. The colors themselves make it so tempting and the ingredients sound great. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted! Have a healthy happy & blessed Memorial Day weekend!

    1. Fresh vegetables make the best sides! I love red onion , tomatoes, and any vegetable.. Makes an interesting flavor.

  6. Your Green Bean Salad looks amazing, Judee, and I love the bright colour of the green beans and tomatoes. The Balsamic Glaze sounds lovely too. Pinned! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    1. April,
      That's what I like abou it too- the beautiful firm green color of the cooked beans! I appreciate that you pinned the recipe!

  7. I love your tip with the ice water! This salad looks like it has just the right amount of texture, and I love balsamic drizzle. Pinned! Visiting from the Plant Based Party Potluck!

    1. Thanks so much for pinning it! The ice water makes all the difference. Hope you get to try it!

  8. This is my kind of salad, it looks fabulous! I would not be without my Panaway and Lavendar!
    Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  9. This is a perfect side for any summer meal or cookout! Great post!

    Stop on by my link party and share this with everyone : )

    Hope to see you there!

  10. My family would love this recipe! Thank you for linking up at Funtastic Friday!

  11. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

  12. Such a yummy and memorable dish! I especially love your Balsamic glaze! Thank you for sharing your healthy and delicious Green Bean Salad with a Balsamic Glaze for Memorial Day BBQ with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I'm pinning and sharing.

  13. Sound delicious! Love this recipe :)


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