Saturday, November 25, 2023

Green Bean Salad

green bean salad with almonds  and tomatoes

This green bean salad was totally enjoyed along with the more traditional Thanksgiving fare that it accompanied on the holiday table this year. It's easy to make and light and tasty!

Thanksgiving Table Holiday Table photo and picture

I serve the salad at room temperature, making it an easy dish that does not need to be reheated for the meal. 

I used what I had on hand which included, multi colored cherry tomatoes, canned artichokes, roasted red pepper strips, and sliced almonds.

Free Cherry Tomato Tomatoes In A Basket photo and picture

The salad looked pretty, was low in fat, and was fresh and delicious. A perfect light side dish for our heavy meal for our group of 13. 

The Full Thanksgiving Meal 
The host served turkey and stuffing, mushroom Wellington (gorgeous), quinoa and mushrooms, sweet potato tzimmis, Roasted Brussels sprouts with a honey dijon dressing, salad with hearts of palm, and homemade cookies, cake, and a healthy fruit salad. There was plenty for this vegan to eat! 

Salad Fruits photo and picture

Missed My Family
That is the difficult part of spending the winter in Florida. I missed going home to Philadelphia to have Thanksgiving with our kids, grandkids, and extended family, but I felt grateful to be included in my friends family Thanksgiving here in Florida!

There Is a Trick To Cooking The Green beans
The trick for this salad is to cook the fresh green beans properly so they remain bright green and firm, yet tender (see directions).

2 pounds of fresh green beans, cleaned and ends snipped
1 package of cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
1/2 cup of roasted red pepper strips (from the jar)
1/4-1/2 cup of sliced almonds
1 cup of canned quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained  


First , fill a large mixing bowl halfway with ice. Add water and set aside.

Bring a 4 qt. pot of water to a boil.  Drop in cleaned and snipped green beans and cook for only 2 minutes on a rapid boil. 

Turn off the heat and quickly and carefully remove the green beans  using tongs or a strainer. Immediately place the green beans in the bowl of ice water. When the green beans cool, drain well and remove them to another bowl. 

Store the green beans to make the salad the next day or make the salad immediately by adding the rest of the ingredients. Toss well. 

This salad is appropriate for gluten-free, oil-free, and vegan eating.

My Notes: 
1. I snipped the green beans in bunches of 8 and used a scissor. 
2. You could add a dressing to the salad- I did not! I'm not sure what salad dressing flavors would complement this salad. Perhaps balsamic vinegar !


  1. Lovely holiday table set up, Judee. I just bought some green beans for my husband too. He loves them with hazelnuts and walnuts.

  2. Judee, what a beautiful salad. We love non lettuce salads around here, they are great for getting more veggies on the table. Glad you enjoyed the holiday with friends!

  3. Good morning, I love your green bean salad beautiful, healthy and looks delicious

  4. This salad looks wonderful and perfect for an easy dish, thanks.

  5. Depending on the price of green beans in the store, this might be the dish I take to the holiday potlucks.

  6. Woah, that plate setting looks magnificent! Your green beans look so fresh! How refreshing, compared to the beans at most Thanksgivings.

  7. Beautiful colors! I like green beans a little more tender, so I’d cook them somewhat longer, but the ice bath is a great suggestion.
    best, mae at

  8. I will make a variation of this for our Christmas lunch as we are having a very causal meal with friends, two of whom are pescatarian.
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime

  9. I LOVE green bean salad. Yours looks very tasty. I don’t add nuts to mine, instead I add red onion because I love it. That table is beautiful. I hope you had a lovely time.

  10. The colors in this looks so beautiful -- I'm sure it's deliious, too. The nuts make for wonderful texture.

  11. What a lovely Thanksgiving table. I noticed your dark furniture. I've always loved the dark traditional furniture. The green bean salad looks Yummy. My son's green bean casserole was so delicious at Thanksgiving. You are such a good cook, making many wonderful dishes.


  12. What a gorgeous salad! The beans are so bright and crisp. The entire Thanksgiving meal sounds delicious and healthy. I'm glad that you and your husband could share it with friends since your family was back in Philly. 💚

  13. I have a bag of green beans that need to be used up, this salad looks perfect, thanks Judee!


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