Friday, August 5, 2011

Green Bean Salad with Goat Cheese

I love browsing my favorite blogs or finding new blogs I've never explored before. How many food blogs do you think there are on the internet today? Every day I find at least one recipe to bookmark, often they're recipes I haven't made before or wouldn't normally make. Rarely do I prepare a main dish salad for lunch or dinner. When I saw this recipe and realized I had all of the ingredients on hand, it became the perfect Sunday lunch.

Everyone says you eat with your eyes. Anyone would be drawn to the vibrant colors in this salad. Fresh summer green beans, bright yellow corn and juicy red tomatoes make up the pallet for your eyes and feast for your stomach.

When I make this salad again, I would cook the green beans a little longer. While I enjoy my green beans crunchy, cooking just two minutes leaves them a little too crisp for my taste.

Green Bean Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing
Recipe Courtesy of Love & Olive Oil
4 servings


1 pound green beans, trimmed
2 ounces crumbled fresh goat cheese
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
3/4 cup fresh corn (from 1 ear corn)
1 large tomato, diced


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and cook just until they turn bright green and are barely tender, about 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can steam the green beans in a microwave save, lidded glass container. Fill with approximately 1 cup of water, and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until beans are crisp tender. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Pat dry.

To make the dressing, whisk together goat cheese, lemon zest and juice, apple juice, garlic and pepper in a small bowl. Toss green beans with half the dressing and half the basil or basil and spread on a platter. Top with corn and tomato, drizzle with remaining dressing and sprinkle with remaining basil.

I am linking this to Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum and Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday!


  1. This looks absolutely fantastic! I know exactly what you mean about the number of food blogs and the "must try" recipes out there. It's overwhelming really. I've got recipes bookmarked and saved in my email. They have gotten lost over the years. Thank God for Pinterest! I've started using it to keep up with the new recipes that I find that I want to try. I find that it helps to have that visual reference. Speaking of that, I am "pinning" this recipe to try very soon. I almost always have everything to make this. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Have a fantastic weekend!

  2. Show me goat cheese in a salad and I'll show you a salad that I love. This sounds fabulous!

  3. I bookmark so many recipes! I love it though. The colors in this do look awesome.

  4. That recipe looks fantastic! I"ll be bookmarking it today. (And yes, I have a whole collection of bookmarked recipes to try too.)

  5. Hi Julie,
    I can't wait to try this salad. I love the addition of the apple juice and the color in this salad is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen


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