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Green Bean Caprese Salad

Green bean caprese salad is a twist on a classic caprese salad. This summer side dish recipe pairs well with a variety of foods and proteins, and is a fun and flavorful way to add vegetables to your meal.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Inactive Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 258 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1/4 C fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella (I recommend 'mini pearl' mozzarella balls)
  • 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt + more to taste
  • Optional: pepper to taste
  • Optional: balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction for topping

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the green beans by rinsing, trimming the ends, and chopping into bite-sized pieces. In a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat, bring your green beans to a boil and cook until just fork tender (~12-15 minutes).
  • While the green beans cook, wash and cut your cherry tomatoes into halves or quarters. Wash and set your basil aside (chiffonade, aka chop, your basil right before you serve it).
  • When cooked, drain the green beans into a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside and allow to cool for at least 5-10 minutes (putting them in the fridge is also a great option).
  • In a large serving bowl, toss together the cooled green beans, tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper. Taste, and add additional olive oil and/or seasoning if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Notes

*Note: use fresh produce. Green bean caprese salad is best made with fresh vegetables, herbs, and mozzarella.
 
*Time saving tip: prep the rest of your items while the green beans cook. Multi-task by washing and chopping your tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella while the green beans are on the stove. This is a great way to save time while you prepare this easy side dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 16gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 521mgPotassium: 545mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1823IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 344mgIron: 2mg
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