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Simple Cold Green Beans Salad

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This Simple Green Beans salad recipe is a tasty cold salad recipe that is perfect for any meal, but especially nice for a picnic salad or barbecue side dish. This season I love to create dishes that are easy to pack and go for a meal outdoors. This is one of those recipes that is a nice cool side dish and so easy to make.

This cold summer salad recipe is one of those classic recipes that still works today. It is a great way to incorporate green beans into your meal plan when they are on sale too!

Green Beans Salad

Hello Friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend! We took advantage of the sun on Saturday and enjoyed a wonderful day in our backyard. We enjoyed the day with friends and watched some of the games on TV.


cold green bean salad

I love that this recipe reminds me of the salads I used to have as a child.


green bean salad

This recipe includes a red wine vinegar dressing for a wonderful marinated green bean dish.


Ingredients for Green Beans Salad

Green Beans – You will want to use fresh green beans from your farmers market or grocer. Canned green beans will not work.

Tomatoes – You can use any kind of variety. I usually pick the stemmed or Roma Tomatoes, but you can use cherry tomatoes or whatever you have on hand (or is on sale).

Parmesan Cheese – For best results, pick a nice cheese from the deli and grate it. If you want to save money, you can use a jar variety. 

Dressing- I have included the basic dressing for this salad. This dressing also works as a nice dressing with other vegetables too. If you are short on time, you can use 

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Chilled green beans are quite refreshing if you have never had them in a salad.


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For more great summer salad recipes, check out

Creamy Macaroni Salad –  Fresh peppers and creamy dressing make this a favorite year-round.

Broccoli Pasta Salad – a wonderful broccoli salad with pasta. Beautiful and colorful!

Quick and Easy Mediterranean Salad – Tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and feta make this salad extra special and colorful.

Mango Arugula Salad – A lovely change with fresh arugula and mango slices.

Salad Supreme Pasta Salad – If you have never tried a salad recipe with this spice – you will want to try this one!

Asian Cucumber Salad – A fresh and crisp cucumber salad with a tangy dressing. 

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Green Bean Salad

Easy Green Beans Salad

green bean salad

Simple Cold Green Beans Salad

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A delicious and refreshing cold green bean salad made with fresh green beans. Very simple to make and perfect as a healthy picnic or barbecue side dish.


  • 1 pound green beans
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 3 tomatoes (I used Roma)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese


    1. Wash green beans, drain, and snap off ends. Fill a saucepan with water.
    2, Heat water until boiling
    3. Cook beans in boiling water 3-4 minutes
    4. Remove from heat and drain well.

    5. Pat beans dry with a paper towel.

    6. Make the salad dressing in a separate bowl.

    7. Toss warm dressing into green beans and chill in the refrigerator.

    8. Top with cheese before serving.

Green Bean Salad Dressing


⅓ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard
Pinch of black pepper

Mix ingredients in small bowl or mason jar. Blend thoroughly and pour over green beans.

timesaving tips to streamline recipes

  • Prepare the green beans ahead of time by washing beans and breaking off the ends.
  • Use garlic form a jar or tube in place of fresh garlic.
  • You can use a bottled balsamic vinaigrette dressing instead of making your own.
  • Prepare extra salad and eat it again for lunch the next day or mix with cooked pasta for a nice meal.


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Sunday 23rd of June 2019

Love how simple this salad is. Thanks for sharing on MM. Pinned and will be featuring it on tonight's party.


Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Thanks so much Erlene! :)


Monday 3rd of June 2019

Nothing here I don't LOVE. I do love chilled green beans in a salad. I think they're wonderful that way. And I love the cheese topping and clear instructions!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

The cheese adds just enough flavor to complement the beans nicely!

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