Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Herbs

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Herbs

Thoughts I have had over the last few days:

1. I am never. ever. going on a cruise.

Sorry, family members who have been trying to convince me for the last three years. This latest debacle with Carnival leaves me with even less desire to set foot on a ship.

They had to use bathroom baggies, folks.


No thanks.

Plus, the ship could have sunk.

Yeah, again: No thanks.

2. The peanut butter chocolate concoction stalking me from my fridge right now is dangerous. 

It will be divvied up among friends today.


3. 10 PM is my ideal bedtime.


But I’ve gotten hung up watching that new show “The Americans” on Wednesday nights.

There goes the 10 PM bedtime.

4. I’m trying to decide if I should scrap my coffee habit.

I know, I know, my coffee-loving friends. I wouldn’t quit it completely, I’m just wondering if it’s really a healthy way to start my day.

It’s not you, Coffee. Really. It’s not even me – it’s that darn cream and sugar.

I get a little sad even considering it, honestly.

I think I’m not quite ready.

5. I’m aching for a good novel. Any suggestions? 

Something heart wrenching and beautiful. I want to be swept away and moved.

I’d maybe even like to cry a little.

I want to love it so much I have to tell all my friends about it.


6. Jillian Michaels kicks some serious hiney.


I know – maybe she’s a little bit dated at this point, but her work-out DVD’s. . . ouch.

I wish I could station her in the fridge next to the PB and Chocolate Thing.

She would more likely hand me this Green Bean Salad, and, shhhhhh – I probably wouldn’t complain.

 7.  I’m in love with the vinegar and the Feta in this thing.

They get me every time.

Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Herbs

Yield: 10 sides

This recipe was inspired by a recipe on the back of a Good Seasons Italian Dressing box. Prepared the way it is suggested on the box - with the pre-packaged seasoning, is also delicious and very convenient. The recipe below is my totally fresh, nothing pre-packaged version.


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed and drained, ends snapped or trimmed
  • 1 cup (or more) cherry or grape tomatoes, rinsed, drained, and cut in half
  • 1/4 of a large red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, reserved
  • For the dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh, flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh, celery leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh, chopped oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped, fresh thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Bring a large pot of water to boiling.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, prepare the dressing.

Combine the oil, vinegar, water. Add in the herbs, garlic, red pepper, and salt and pepper.

Blanch beans for 3-5 minutes depending on desired done-ness ( we like ours a little crunchy still, so I usually do around 3 minutes). Drain, and rinse in very cold water to stop the cooking process. (You can also dunk them into a large bowl of ice and water). Drain again.

Toss beans in large bowl with the dressing, tomatoes, onion, and dill.

Sprinkle with Feta just before serving.


Sara, inspired by Good Seasons.

21 thoughts on “Fresh Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Herbs

  1. Fresh green beans are so much better than cooked! I like them either way, but the crunch is awesome.

    Will we get to see this PB & chocolate thing? I love salad… But I also love dessert!

    • I agree- can’t really beat the crunch, can you? And did I mention the feta??? And yes, the PB& Chocolate thing will emerge in the future!

  2. I really enjoy your blog…I’d love to see that PB & Choc thing….the salad looks yummy…..As far as a good read – the last two I’ve read are “The Beach House” by Jane Green, and “Georgia’s Kitchen” by Jenny Nelson. Both were hard to put down, the first book draws you in with each new character introduced and the writer made me feel I was there in that little coastal town with everyone else, I had a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know what happened to each character. The second book drew me in with the discussion of food, restaurant kitchens, and the diverse personalities involved with each other as the book evolved. Throw in a trip to Tuscany and I’m there! Hope this helps….

    • Oh my goodness, Linda! Thank you for such thorough recommendations. I’m going to hit the library this weekend and hope I come home with at least one of these books! Stay tuned – the PB Chocolate thing is on it’s way!

  3. 1. I’m not sure of which family members you speak when you talk about going on a cruise. I’ve always thought I wouldn’t set foot on a boat.
    4. Research has shown that coffee is actually good for you. Just sayin’. I’
    5. I just got finished reading “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” and “The Night Circus.” Two completely different genres. CeeCee will probably make you cry. Circus is just plain easy reading. I liked them both.

    • Family members trying to convince me to cruise do not include you, Sistah.
      It’s really not the coffee – it’s the cream and sugar.
      Thank you for the recommendations. I will check them out immediately!

  4. I’ve seen how much sugar you put in your coffee. I think you can handle sticking with those 30 calories or so, including the cream. 😛

    Have you ever read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan? I agree with Jenni… The Night Circus is easy reading, very fantastical.

    And no boats.

    • Let’s just say, it’s not MY side of the family trying to convince me – unless you include my offspring! 😉 I have read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I loved it. I’m going to try everything everyone suggested here. I like having a back-log of books to turn to!

  5. This looks like it would cancel out the PB-choc thingy.
    I am doing the same crazy coffee thing you are contemplating. Giving up the religious coffee morning compulsion but allowing myself to have it when I crave it. Get through the headachy first couple of days and you will be fine.
    Read ‘Her fearful symmetry’ by Audrey Niffennegger. Or Marley and me for instant tear flow.

    • I should read Marley and Me. I’ve seen the movie, and books are always better – even if the movies are great. Thanks for the suggestions! And the coffee – oh, the coffee. Still sad just thinking about it. Maybe. . . . Thanks!

  6. I don’t blame you for staying on dry land. I’m not a huge cruise fan, but last year my in-laws took us on a cruise to Mexico…on the SAME ship that just had all the drama! While our trip was certainly better than those poor souls’, I think this is the universe’s way of telling me to stay far, far away from cruise ships.

    Book recommendation: Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton. SO GOOD. I stupidly finished it in the airport, so I was a blubbering fool in front of hundreds of strangers.

    Also, this salad is lovely, and looks like it would be perfect for an Easter brunch or dinner!

  7. Yummmm feta and balsamic vinegar dressing! Those green beans sound super tasty!

    I’ve been on lots of cruises and what I can tell you is, just never go on a Carnival cruise. They’re always disgusting even when in good running order. Every other cuise I’ve been on (multiple Royal Caribbean and Princess) have been fancy vacations for a very unfancy price. Plus there’s free childcare. The cruise debacle last week sounds pretty awful, but it’s not terribly common– kind of like plane crashes or other freak accidents. I say, always try something once!

  8. Thanks for your recipe, it was very delicious! I love your photo of it as well.

    I tweaked it a tiny bit – I ended up oven roasting the tomatoes which complemented the bright/fresh taste of the green beans and melded well with the dressing.

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