April 3, 2015

Green Bean, Tomatoes and Onion Salad

Happy Foodie Friday! As always, today I’m linking up with Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama to create awesome healthy recipes! Be sure to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and don’t forget to add your recipes as well! Today’s theme is Spring!

It actually looks like Spring has finally sprung around here.  For a while there, it was teasing us. It would get nice one day and then a snow storm would roll in.  It went on for weeks.  I didn’t think our running club was ever going to make it out of coldgear clothes!

As the weather starts to get warm, it always makes me think of my grandparents.   My grandmother knew my favorite warm weather salad was green beans, tomatoes and onions with Italian vinaigrette. 

Grandma P's Green Bean, Tomato and Onion Salad

Grandma P’s Green Bean, Tomato and Onion Salad

My grandmother would start by making a simple Italian vinaigrette – olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon, a sprinkle of sugar, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper.  I throw all the ingredients into my magic bullet and blend.


Then, she would cook the green beans and rough chop the tomatoes and onions.  Since I don’t grow my own green beans like they did and I wanted to make this quickly, I just used canned green and wax beans.  When green beans are nice fresh and I can grab some at my local farmer’s market, I’ll be making this again with fresh, crisp beans.  


I love to make this recipe in a mason jar so I can see all the ingredients marinating together.  Grandma P always did it that way and I used to love to open the refrigerator and see she’d made this for me.  

Toss all the vegetables together and pour the vinaigrette over top of them into the mason jar.  Refrigerate overnight before serving to let the flavors marinate.


There’s something about the taste of this salad on my tongue that transports me back to my grandparents house.  I can smell their house, feel the breeze, and connect with their spirit all in one bite.  I miss them both dearly, but simple recipes like this make me feel like they are at my kitchen table hugging me with their hearts.

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4 Comments on “Green Bean, Tomatoes and Onion Salad

April 3, 2015 at 10:03 am

My mother in law makes something just like this- it is so good! One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans 🙂

April 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

I’m so happy that spring is finally(?) almost done being a tease. (There’s supposed to be a random snow tomorrow, but other than that, I think it’ll be on a warm kick!)

This salad looks super good! I’m always looking for more uses for green beans! :]

April 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm

I love recipes passed down from generation to generation! It kind of reminds me of pickled green beans my grandmother use to make.

April 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

I love that you are using an old family recipe! Will have to try this without onions, darn allergies.


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