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One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.Green Bean Salad

This easy green bean salad is so good, and tastes even better the next day which would make this a great lunch option too! A few other green bean recipes I love, Skillet Chicken with Bacon and Green Beans, Roasted Parmesan Green Beans and Potato and Green Bean Salad.

Wow, I actually first posted this recipes ten years ago today! It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging this long. I have so many recipes in my archives that I just love and aren’t getting the attention they deserve! So, I am slowly making my way through them and giving them the make-overs they deserve. I have also gotten so much better at writing recipes through the years thanks to all the cookbooks I’ve written, and working with editors. Of course, I don’t work with an editor or proof reader on my website, so excuse the typos.

The ingredients in this salad are very clean and simple. Green beans are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber. The hard boiled eggs add protein and the flavors combined with the vinaigrette are delicious!

One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.

Tips

  • Trimming the beans yourself will save money, to do this quickly gather the beans in a small pile, lining up the tips on one side then cut the tips off with a single slice using a large chef’s knife. Flip the pile over and do the same on the other side.
  • To save time, you can buy pre-cut, pre-washed green beans.
  • To make easy-to-peal hard boiled eggs, I always use my Instant Pot.
  • Since the ingredients are simple, using a great tasting extra virgin olive oil and a good quality balsamic vinegar makes the salad!

One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.

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One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.
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Green Bean Salad

5
3
3
SP
176 Cals 7.5 Protein 11 Carbs 12 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
One of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans–in a chilled green bean salad recipe! The delicious flavors of these balsamic green beans made with black olives, scallions and eggs complement any meal or holiday potluck.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz 6 cups string beans beans, ends trimmed
  • 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives, drained (check labels for Whole30)
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium scallions, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 5 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced

Instructions

  • Place green beans in a large pot and cover with water, about 6 cups. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook until tender crisp, about 6 minutes (don’t overcook or they will get mushy).
  • Drain and rinse under cold water when done to prevent them from overcooking, drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine balsamic, oil, salt and pepper. Toss in the green beans, scallions and olives.
  • Mix well and top with sliced eggs. Refrigerate and serve chilled or room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 176kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 7.5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 155mg, Sodium: 308mg, Fiber: 4.5g, Sugar: 4g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 3
Keywords: cold green bean salad, easy green bean salad, green bean recipes, green bean salad, italian green bean salad, string bean salad

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31 comments

  1. I just made this and haven’t eaten it yet, but the dressing seemed to sit in the bottom of the bowl, so am thinking about putting into a resealable bag so it will cover the beans better.  

  2. The blue points are incorrect.  When entered into the recipe builder, it comes out to 3 points per serving, if there are 6 servings as the recipe states.  Excited to try this tonight!

  3. This salad was a major hit at dinner last night. I complimented it with the Persian Kofta Kebab recipe. My family loved it all. The only thing different I did was add some feta cheese and some red pepper flakes to the salad. Even before I did that it was delicious.

  4. I wonder if I could use frozen green beans?   Just defrosted to room temp?

  5. This salad was so good.  Such a wonderful combination of flavors with the balsamic and olives, the eggs compliment those elements as well.  I will be putting this in our dinner rotation.

  6. Hi, can freeze them?

  7. Would thi be good warm?

  8. Very fresh and delicious salad. I had it with the fish with marinara, wine and capers that was in last weeks meal plan. I put all the ingredients into my WW app and it only came out to 3 points. 1 each for the EVOO, balsamic, and olives. Win win. I will,definitely make this agin. 

  9. How do you calculate points?  This seems to be only about 3 smart points, but you have 5.  How do you get your points?  I just started so I am pretty new and probably calculating wrong.  Thanks for your help, can’t wait to try this.  Its on my list!!! 

  10. This recipe looks right up my alley and I can’t wait to try it, but I’m just curious as to how you came up with the WW point value of 5 points per serving. When I put the recipe into the WW app, it calculated at 3 points per serving. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated. I want to make sure I don’t make any calculation errors going forward. Thanks and bringing us great recipes. Looking forward to the next book.

  11. Question about freestyle, how is this a 5 point recipe?  pretty much everything in it is 0 points other than the oil, vinegar and olives?  I got 3 points.  I’m probably doing something wrong. Thank you! 

    • Are you using recipe builder? Oil, balsamic and olives have points.

      • I used the ww recipe builder and I’m only coming up with 3 points. 
        Olives = 4
        EVOO = 12
        Balsamic = 2
        *All other items are 0 points 
        Total Points = 18/6 servings = 3 points per serving. 

        Either the number of servings or the points are incorrectly listed. 

  12. I absolutely cannot eat black olives.  I know that they add so much flavour.  But, is there anything I could use as a substitute in this recipe 

  13. Whhen you post a recipe, could you say if or which cookbook its in or not in. I print them out and then find in cookbook. Thanks Donna

  14. Making this for easter and adding bacon!

  15. Making this and adding bacon for dinner tonight 🙂

  16. 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)

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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 🙂

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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. =)

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