Mar 23, 2009

String Bean Salad

A cold string bean salad made with hard boiled eggs, olives and a balsamic vinaigrette.

String beans are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber. The hard boiled eggs in this salad add protein and the flavors combined with the vinaigrette are delicious and inexpensive.

To make this faster, I buy bagged string beans that are already cut and washed and I always have hard boiled eggs on hand for easy on-the-go breakfasts. Using really good extra virgin olive oil will give you the best results.

String Bean Salad
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 Size: 3/4 cup Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories:118.4 • Fat: 8.8 g • Carb: 8.0 g • Fiber: 3.3 g • Protein: 3.3 g • Sugar: 1.1 g
Sodium: 115.1 mg

  • 24 oz (6 cups) string beans beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced
  • 2.8 oz can sliced olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper

    Steam string beans in a large pot with a little water until cooked (don't overcook). Run under cold water when done to prevent them from overcooking. Drain.

    In a large bowl, combine balsamic, oil, salt and pepper. Add green beans, scallions and olives. Mix well and top with eggs, serve cold or room temperature.


    1. Its been a long time since I had this. I got to get my mom to make it.

    2. I used to make something similar often! I'll have to give this version a try, the hardboiled eggs seem like they'd give it a really satisfying protein-i-ness. =)

    3. this is my first time on your site. i tried weight watchers a while ago and thought i'd try again, decided to look for recipes. WOW. fabulous site with delicious looking recipes. thankyou...

    4. I made this a few weeks ago and am just getting back to comment. This was delicious. I made it for a trip to Minnesota and after letting it soak overnight, I drained the dressing off and was able to bring it on the plane. This was a much better lunch than I could have found at the airport.

    5. Made this tonight.....hubby loved it. I let it sit in the balsamic and oil too and drained it to serve it. Delicious!!!!

    6. I made this salad twice since Tuesday. It is WONDERFUL! I was a bit shocked at how much oil is in it, I am not a fan of oil in salads but I added a bit more vinegar. I also added some grape tomatoes that I cut in half to add some color and some more veggies to it. It is fabulous and I highly recommend. I love it even more when it sits over night but have a hard time keeping my hands out of it. Same as my 3 year old daughter,s he loves olives and eggs and sometimes accidentally gets a green bean :-)

    7. If you made this with regular green beans, would you have to change anything?

    8. I'm not an olive fan, so I subbed in some lightly sauteed mushrooms. Oh my goodness, it was wonderful! I will make it again for summer picnics! Thanks, Gina!

    9. This may be a silly question, but I'm a newbie at cooking (college student) and am wondering; if i don't have a steamer is there another way to steam the green beans? (or do they go directly in the water)

      1. You can steam them with a little water in the bottom of a pot and cover it.

    10. Making this and adding bacon for dinner tonight :)


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