Green Bean Salad with Apple, Walnut & Dried Raisin

With all those midterms and homework, I have been skipping the gym so much that I feel the absolute need to eat green and healthy. As far as I remember, I have always been a big fan of “haricots verts” (perfect narrow green beans with little seeds). My mom and grandma always cook them to perfection and add a little garlic to them. (yum..!)

Last week I recreated my favorite green bean salad, packed it for my lunch and took my studies outside to my neighborhood’s park. The temperature was a little over 90 degrees, and the breeze was almost too good not to close the computer and take a nap on the grass.

This recipe is really quick and easy. If you are not a big green bean eater, trust me this one is for you!

 

► INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 handfuls of green beans.
  • 1/2 cup of dried golden raisins.
  • 1 Granny Smith apple.
  • 1/3 cup of diced walnuts.

Dressing:

  • 1 generous table spoon of Dijon mustard. Make sure you get a good one! (Maille is my all-time favorite!!! Available at Albertson’s.
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil.
  • 1/3 of water.
  • Salt and pepper


I found this funny little dressing bottle at Target which allows you to bring your homemade dressing anywhere and keep the leftover dressing in the refrigerator, in case you made too much (Like I always do!!) Don’t forget that if you bring your salad to work, it is recommended to add the dressing right before eating. By the way, I found the same little dressing bottle cheaper on amazon!  (How do they do it?!)

► INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Trim your beans by cutting or snipping both ends.
  2. When the water reaches a boil, add the trimmed beans and cook until tender (15-20min)
  3. Meanwhile, cut an apple in little pieces.
  4. Drain the green beans in a colander and make sure all the water is being drained.
  5. Place the green beans on a big bowl
  6. Add the golden raisins, walnuts and apple pieces.
  7. Mix the ingredients together and add the dressing.
  8. ENJOY!!!

2-step Dressing:

  1. In a bowl, mix a generous tablespoon of Dijon Mustard, the olive oil and water. until homogenous.
  2. Add salt and pepper.

 

► NOTES:

Walnuts are high in fiber (Good for cholesterol) and healthy fats (blood vessels health and circulation). This combination helps you lower the risk for hunger pangs;)

You can substitute the golden raisins with cranberries.

You can also substitute the walnuts with pine nuts.

 

Green bean salad

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Let me know how it turned out for you!

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