Cold Green Bean Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is a crisp, refreshing, and vibrant dish. It’s perfect for summer picnics, barbecues, or as a healthy side dish for your meals. The lemon vinaigrette adds a bright, tangy flavor to the fresh green beans.


For the Salad:

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt for boiling water

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook for 3-4 minutes or until they are bright green and tender-crisp. Be careful not to overcook.
  2. Drain the green beans and immediately plunge them into an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. This will help retain their vibrant color and crisp texture.
  3. Once the green beans are cooled, drain them well and pat dry with a towel.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the blanched green beans, thinly sliced red onion, halved cherry tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese.
  5. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour the lemon vinaigrette over the green bean salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients.
  8. Let the salad chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary before serving.
  10. Serve the salad chilled as a refreshing side dish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 3g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 4

Cold Green Bean Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is a delightful and healthy addition to any meal. Its bright flavors and crisp texture make it a hit in any gathering. Enjoy this easy-to-make, refreshing salad on a hot summer day or as a light accompaniment to your favorite main dishes!

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