Assorted Green, Yellow & Purple Beans, Draining in Colander

Fresh Bean Salad


When beans are in season, either your own home grown, or bought at your local farmer’s markets, it’s the perfect time to make this salad! A very tasty side dish! Dress the beans with the vinaigrette just before serving so the beans will retain their bright colour!

Makes Approximately 6 Servings

1 ½ lbs. mixed coloured beans, a mixture of green, yellow & purple would be gorgeous
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
2 Tbsp. EVOO
2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 tsp. stone-ground mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. each salt & freshly ground black pepper
½ red onion, thinly sliced
3 – 4 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley

Make the Salad:

Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add 1 Tbsp. salt.

Fill a very large bowl with ice & water; set aside.

Blanch the beans (different colours separately), for 3 – 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the beans to the bowl of ice water. Chill until cold, adding more ice if the water is not cold enough. Drain the beans in a colander; place on a towel to dry.

Whisk together oregano, oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Just before serving add the onion and blanched beans. Taste, adjust seasoning as necessary. Place in a serving bowl and serve.



  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe Phyllis! Thank you for leading me to your blog too!

    • It is my absolute pleasure to share my recipes with you Roz. I really hope you enjoy them…there are lots to try! Great to hear from you!

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