Toss up a fresh and colorful salad with snappy green beans, juicy cherry tomatoes, and red onions. We added lots of flavor with blue cheese, crumbled bacon, and a bright homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing that you can throw together with only 3 ingredients. (Want to keep it vegetarian? Smoked almonds would make a savory meatless alternative.) The longer this healthy salad sits, the more the flavor builds — which makes it a perfect make-and-take side dish to bring to a potluck or dinner party.
Do not let a childhood of wilted, over-boiled green beans put you off this summery salad. We blanch those beautiful beans very briefly and then shock them in ice water so that they stay perfectly crisp-tender and never mushy. A quick blanch also brings out their bold green color, which looks so stunning on the plate next to the cherry tomatoes and red onions.
Don’t forget our absolute favorite kitchen tip to slice up all of those cherry tomatoes: place a plastic container lid or plate on top of the tomatoes, then slice straight through all of them at once with a sharp knife — voila! Handfuls of expertly halved tomatoes in seconds.
You’re going to love this balsamic dressing as much for its simplicity as the bright, tangy flavor it adds to the vegetables. There’s no long list of ingredients or tedious mincing here — just balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a little lemon juice is all you need (seasoned generously with salt and pepper, of course). Blue cheese a bit too funky for ya? Feta would give this salad a milder creaminess.