Tomato and Green Bean Salad

Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes: colorful and healthy

This simple salad is a delicious summer treat, when tomatoes and green beans are fresh and aplenty. It’s also a take off of a previous post I wrote called “Re-imagining the Salad” – basically, when it comes to salads, many of us are stuck on lettuce, which, despite all of its wonderful qualities, can get boring after awhile. In this recipe, quickly blanched green beans take the place of lettuce, and are paired with sweet red tomatoes. Toss with finely chopped shallot, fresh basil, olive oil, and lemon juice. Grind black pepper over the top and salt to taste. Even better the second day when it’s had a chance to marinate…

Here are a few variations to consider:

  • Cherry or heirloom tomatoes
  • Yellow or purple string beans
  • Shaved parmigiano cheese or small mozzarella balls (cigliege)