Amazing German Green Bean Salad

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Delicious gluten free, vegetarian salad with green and yellow wax beans, cherry tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs tossed with garlic balsamic vinaigrette is perfect light meal.

Ever wish there was another, less boring way to prepare green beans? Well, there is. This amazing German salad is everything but boring. Fresh beans, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs paired with a delicious dressing make this a must try! Best of all, it comes together in only 15 minutes.

My tiny garden is yielding green beans faster than we can eat them. Although we are huge fans of green beans, there are only so many days in a row I dare to serve them.

I’m not willing to start freezing them just yet so I share them with my daughter and try to prepare them in new, exciting ways. Luckily, the older I get the more I remember from way back when (but don’t ask me what happened yesterday or even what I had for breakfast this morning. Ha).


OK, perhaps I’m not lucky to be old, but some forgotten dishes are resurfacing in my mind like that French lemon yogurt cake I just made. As I was looking at yet another green bean batch from my garden, I remembered that Germans often serve them as a salad. Beats me why I never thought of it since I’d left Germany.

So, what about them beans?

If you’re looking for a vegetable with stellar amounts of health benefits, green beans aka string beans certainly fit the bill. They are a great source of vitamin A and antioxidants. Flavonoids like catechins (also found in green tea) in green beans help reduce body fat and can prevent obesity.  To name a few more, green beans also contain B-vitamins, vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are essential for body metabolism – basically a super hero vegetable.

This colorful salad can be eaten warm or cold or as a side dish and is an absolute hit during the summer because it offers a light meal that is easy and quick to prepare. They are first blanched then mixed with tomatoes and hard-boiled eggs and finally tossed with light garlic balsamic vinaigrette for an effortless dish your whole family will love.

This amazing German salad is a great dish for vegetarians but you could add crispy bacon just like I did in this asparagus and peas dish, another green giant.

As I was enjoying my favorite summer scene of sitting on a porch and snapping my green and yellow wax beans for dinner, I couldn’t help but get excited about exploring other “hidden” dishes tucked away in my memory drawers. Hey, gotta find something to look forward to as I age, right? 🙂

Amazing German Green Bean Salad

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Amazing green bean salad from Germany

Ingredients:
Serves 4

  • 1 pound fresh green or yellow wax beans (or both for color)
  • 12 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 small shallot, chopped or sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon mustard (optional – I forgot to add it and it was still so delicious)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

 

~ Free Tip ~

Serve with crusty bread for a complete meal. Top with crispy bacon. Saute shallot and garlic, then add blanched beans and dressing for a different flavor. Serve as an accompaniment to meat dishes. 

 

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salt water to a boil.
  2. In the meantime wash the green beans briefly and, if desired, break the ends.
  3. Once the water boils, add the green beans and reduce the temperature (the water should only simmer). Blanch beans for 5 minutes.
  4. Drain green beans and place in a large bowl or a serving platter. Add the cherry tomatoes and eggs.
  5. In a small bowl, combine together the shallot, garlic, mustard (if using), salt, pepper, and vinegar. Whisk in olive oil.
  6. Pour over bean mixture. Sprinkle the bean salad with some fresh basil.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Yummy summer salad with green and yellow wax beans, tomatoes, and eggs that is great warm or cold.

Garlic balsamic dressing is perfect for this German green bean salad

Amazing German Green Bean Salad

Amazing German Green Bean Salad

Amazing German green bean salad with fresh beans, tomatoes, and boiled eggs then tossed with garlic balsamic vinaigrette is an effortless vegetarian dish made in 15 minutes and a summer favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green or yellow wax beans (or both for color)
  • 12 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 small shallot, chopped or sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon mustard (optional - I forgot to add it and it was still so delicious)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

Directions

Bring a large pot of salt water to a boil.

In the meantime wash the green beans briefly and, if desired, break the ends.

Once the water boils, add the green beans and reduce the temperature (the water should only simmer). Blanch beans for 5 minutes.

Drain green beans and place in a large bowl or a serving platter. Add the cherry tomatoes and eggs.

In a small bowl, combine together the shallot, garlic, mustard (if using), salt, pepper, and vinegar. Whisk in olive oil.

Pour over bean mixture. Sprinkle the bean salad with some fresh basil.

Enjoy!

Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Serve with crusty bread for a complete meal. Top with crispy bacon. Saute shallot and garlic, then add blanched beans and dressing for a different flavor. Serve as an accompaniment to meat dishes. 

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36 Comment

  1. Reply
    Catherine
    August 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    This looks so yummy! #ReaderTipTuesday

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      Jas
      August 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Thank you, Catherine! Have a lovely day 🙂

  2. Reply
    Sandra L Garth
    August 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    What a beautiful dish! I’m guilty of cooking string beans the same way my mother did. They are nowhere near healthy but man are they good! After boiling them until most of the green color is gone they were smothered with ham hocks or salt pork. My family will probably stage a mutiny if I cook them a different way but if they don’t eat them that means more for me. Yay!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great weekend.
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      Jas
      August 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Haha, Sandra! My favorite way of preparing them is with bacon, but this is a salad, so it doesn’t count against the cook 😉

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    Teresa - Aging Like a Fine Wine
    August 10, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I’m always eager to find new vegetable recipes. I’ll be trying this one out! Thanks for sharing it with us at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty! Pinning for future reference!
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      Jas
      August 11, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Thank you, Teresa! 🙂

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    Grammy Dee from Grammy's Grid
    August 5, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Yum! Going to have to try this recipe 🙂 Thank you Jas for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.
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      Jas
      August 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      I hope you do! I can’t say enough how yummy it is 🙂

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    Carol ("Mimi")
    August 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your link on social media.
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      Jas
      August 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you!

  6. Reply
    Sheila
    August 5, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I agree that this definitely not a boring meal. In fact, it looks really good given it only takes a few minutes to prepare. I will definitely try this as I am looking forward to cutting down my meat intake.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 5, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Hi, Sheila! I literally ate the whole thing all by myself right after I took the photos. Didn’t even manage to sit down, lol. It is that good! Hope you’ll like it just as much 😀

  7. Reply
    Lori Hill-Smith
    August 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    This salad looks healthy and delicious! Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty
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      Jas
      August 5, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      It really is, and I’m not just saying this because I made it 🙂

  8. Reply
    Clearissa Coward
    August 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Jas. This bean salad looks really good. And so simple. I just bought some fresh green beans. Just have to get the yellow ones and I can try this recipe. Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I have shared on social media.
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      Jas
      August 4, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Oh, it works with just the green beans. I only used yellow too becasue I grow them in my garden 🙂

  9. Reply
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    August 3, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Hi Jas this bean salad looks yummy. My husband makes one with beans, potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli which I just love. Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve pinned and shared.
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      Jas
      August 3, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Mmm, that sounds yummy! Is there a way to get my hands on your husband’s recipe? 🙂

  10. Reply
    Miz Helen
    July 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Congratulations!
    Your post is Featured on The Top Ten for Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing it with us. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen
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      Jas
      August 1, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      What a perfect timing, Miz Helen! I needed a good news! Thanks so much 🙂

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    Mary
    July 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Jas I love veggie salads like this. And adding a bit of that yummy dressing certainly doesn’t hurt at all.
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      Jas
      July 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      No, it doesn’t. It makes it that much yummier, Mary 🙂

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    Judee@gluten free A-Z Blog
    July 26, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Congratulations on being featured on Full Plate Thursday. I have been getting beans from my CSA and I love the way you prepared them. Will have to give it a try!

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      Jas
      July 26, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you, Judee! I’m sure you’ll like them 🙂

  13. Reply
    Miz Helen
    July 23, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I just pinned your beautiful salad we will love it! I sure appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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      Jas
      July 24, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks, Miz Helen!

  14. Reply
    Milena | Craft Beering
    July 21, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Love this salad, I’m actually a fan of waxed beans:). Of course, I will eat it alongside grilled brats, and I’ll take the crusty bread any time!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks, Milena! And chug it all down with a glass of cold home-brewed would be perfect 😉

  15. Reply
    Lori at Encourage Your Spouse
    July 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    And yet another wonderful recipe! Quick and simple and healthy! Thanks Jas!
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      Jas
      July 20, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Hi, Lori! Thank you and thanks so much for visiting!

  16. Reply
    Patrick @looneyforfood.com
    July 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Poor green beans always get over looked! Great idea for them!

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      Jas
      July 20, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Lol, poor beans 🙂

  17. Reply
    Carlee
    July 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    What a great way to switch up the green bean routine! We didn’t plant any this year, but we do love fresh beans. I’m sure they’ll be back next year!
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      Jas
      July 20, 2017 at 10:06 am

      If I don’t plant anything else, I plant green and wax beans because we love them so much. And it’s easy to share with family when I have too much. Same with zucchini, btw, which makes me think of your pie every time I harvest them, lol. I shared your recipe with my sisters in law 🙂

  18. Reply
    Amy
    July 19, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    This german green bean salad looks fabulous. I love recipes that are healthy. Thank you for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Party. Pinned and Shared.

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      Jas
      July 20, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thank you, Amy! Healthy AND delicious! 🙂

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