Green Bean & Tomato Salad with Lime & Sesame Dressing Recipe

green bean salad

Lately we’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet. By lately I mean since Baby Boy started pointing at what we were shoving into our mouths and wanting whatever deliciousness we were eating over whatever healthiness he had. Hey, I don’t want this asparagus, I want those tater tots!

The problem with vegetables, in my opinion, is how they are introduced. I absolutely hated broccoli until Rachel introduced me to this Broccoli and CranberrySalad. Now I love broccoli; I throw it in with tofu stir fry, with Asian sesame ginger meatballs, and more. Veggies are an acquired taste and you have to ease into them. Kind of like sushi (love sushi!).

green bean salad

Over the weekend we had such lovely weather we decided to BBQ a pork loin. For a side we made this tortellini salad, but we needed a vegetable to go with it. Thank goodness for our Taste Test Thursday segment, and for Dara from Cookin’ Canuck.

For the new readers, Taste Test Thursday is our weekly segment where we try out a recipe from another food blogger and share with you here. Previously we’ve featured Dara’s Gingerale and Hoisin Sauce Pork Ribs and Grilled Squash, Tomato & Feta Cheese Salad. We’re pleased to share with you another recipe from Dara (we haven’t been disappointed yet, go try one of her recipes yourself!).

Rachel (and her Mom and Dad who joined us for dinner) absolutely loved this Green Bean & Tomato Salad. And what say I, the one who gets caught by Baby Boy shoving tater tots, cookies, or who knows what garbage in his mouth? I liked it. The dressing has a nice Asian flavor to it thanks to the sesame oil, a nice change from many summer salads that are heavy with mayo.

I’m still working up to eating more of my veggies, but Baby Boy is a good motivator. And with recipes like this one it will be more enjoyable :)

green bean salad

Green Bean & Tomato Salad with Lime & Sesame Dressing Recipe

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp grated lime zest
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 lb cherry tomatoes, cut in halves or quarters

Instructions

  1. For the dressing, whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside for 20 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
  2. For the greens beans, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and cook until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes.
  3. Drain and immediately plunge the green beans into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and maintain the color of the beans.
  4. In a large bowl, gently combine the green beans and tomatoes.
  5. Add dressing to taste (you may not need all of the dressing).
  6. Serve or cover and chill for up to 4 hours.
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Recipe from: Cookin’ Canuck

green bean salad

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