At our house, we have a tendency to eat the same vegetables over and over again. Some days we have salad, other days, it’s broccoli. I like variety in my life and I love it even more when variety does not mean time consuming. Seriously, you should be able to make this Green Bean Salad in about 15 minutes or less. That’s why I’m so excited to share this dish with you today. It’s quick, easy to make, and will add some variety to your veggie life.
This is not your typical green bean dish. The crispness of the green beans are accentuated by the sweet tartness of the Craisins, the creamy smoothness of the goat cheese, and the salty goodness of the bacon. No more plain green beans here!
I have to admit: it’s amazing how our tastes evolve over time. As a kid, I only liked green beans from the can. Fresh green beans used to make me produce a gag reflex (Insane, right?). Now, as an adult, I love fresh green beans! They are quite versatile!
Green Bean Salad with Craisins, Bacon, and Goat Cheese
1 pound green beans, ends cut and removed
1/3 cup Ocean Spray Craisins, Reduced Sugar
3 slices bacon, cooked (I used Oscar Mayer center cut bacon.)
1 ounce goat cheese
For the vinaigrette dressing:
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Lower the green beans into the water and cook for 5 minutes. Once the green beans are done, immediately submerge them in the ice water. Once the green beans have cooled, remove them from the water and pat dry.
To make the vinaigrette: Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and garlic in a small bowl.
Place the green beans in a large bowl. Toss them with the vinaigrette until lightly coated. Add the Craisins, bacon, and goat cheese. Toss all the ingredients until mixed well. Green bean salad is now ready to serve!
150 calories, 7 g fat, 475 g potassium, 19 g carbs, 6.8 g fiber, 6.7 g protein (Nutritional information calculated using the MyFitness Pal app.)