Summer Garden Green Bean Salad

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Summer Garden Green Bean Salad
Summer Garden Green Bean Salad


My garden is bursting with green.
The warm days of spring have led into a summer with ideal conditions for growing vegetables. With a bit of rain, plenty of heat and some tender loving care, my ordinary backyard transforms into a kitchen garden.

Raised beds hold tomato vines that seem to grow by inches each afternoon. Bright red fruits adorn branches like Christmas lights, just in time for the July celebration. The dark brown dirt is dotted with the green tops of carrots and the bushy leaves of radishes. Along the back fence, my 5-year-old's green bean plants have been producing lots of beans, and on weeks when there aren't enough to satisfy, I simply pick up a basket (or two or three) at the market, where I can always find any number of colorful beans waiting to come home with me.

Summer Garden Green Bean Salad
Summer Garden Green Bean Salad
Summer Garden Green Bean Salad

I find these early days of summer inspiring, with their greenery yet to be hit by late summer droughts or other afflictions. The plant growth is prolific and the tomatoes appear to be unending in their bounty. Summer still sings with promise.

This salad is a nod to all of my favorite things in the garden at the moment; the long, thin green beans and the radishes I planted mid-May are getting a chance to shine alongside the smallest tomatoes, which are always the first to be ready for harvest.

Garden veggies are tossed in a light red wine vinaigrette with a kiss of honey and a hint of Dijon mustard. Fresh oregano and thyme are minced and added for a burst of fragrant flavor. A healthy sprinkle of Président® Valbreso Feta adds rich, creamy bits of salty flavor to help bind it all together.

We served this salad with thin slices of baguette, toasted with a small bit of oil and then broiled with a smear of Président® Plain Goat Cheese. A drizzle of honey and a sprig or two of garden herbs make these “croutons” a dish in and of themselves, the earthy cheese pairing nicely with our local honey.

Summer Garden Green Bean Salad

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Other Ingredients

Honey Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon strong Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
1/4 cup Président® Valbreso Feta® Crumbles
Salad
1 pound fresh haricots verts (green beans)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (or other small tomatoes), halved
1 shallot, thinly sliced
6 medium radishes, thinly sliced
Goat Cheese Baguettes
1 loaf baguette
Président® Fresh Goat Cheese
Honey, drizzled to taste
Fresh herbs to taste

Summer Garden Green Bean Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

All the crisp freshness of a Midwestern midsummer.

Directions

Honey Vinaigrette

  1. In a small bowl, combine red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey and sea salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. While whisking, slowly add olive oil to emulsify.
  3. Stir in fresh oregano and thyme.

Salad

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to 2 quarts of water, and bring to boil.
  2. Add in haricots verts and cook for 1 minute, until tender and vibrant green.
  3. Drain and cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine haricots verts, cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes and oregano. Toss with the dressing.
  5. Top with Président Valbreso Feta crumbles and honey vinaigrette dressing.

Goat Cheese Baguettes

  1. Cut fresh baguette into slices and toast lightly.
  2. Spread with Président Fresh Goat Cheese.
  3. Drizzle baguettes with honey, and garnish with fresh herbs.

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Recipe by Shaina



Shaina is the freelance food writer, author, photographer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Cooking daily with (and for) her four kids and husband drives her desire to inspire other families to educate their children about the food we eat. Food for My Family has been named one of the Top 100 Mom Food Blogs by Babble.com for the past four years. Shaina is the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine, has served as the food editor for Lifetime Moms and contributes regularly to a variety of online sites and traditional print magazines. She lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, an urban oasis surrounded by farms and fields of green.

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