Festive Green Bean Salad

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Festive Green Bean Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh green beans
2 tablespoons finely minced shallots
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
1/4 cup crumbled feta

Directions:

1. Fill a large pot with salted water. Bring water to a boil; add green beans. Cook green beans in boiling water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer beans to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking, then drain and let cool. Cut beans in half crosswise and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine shallots, garlic, Dijon, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Set vinaigrette aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine green beans with tomatoes and walnuts. Crumble over cheese and serve at room temperature or slightly warmed.

Recipe Adapted From: https://www.cookinglight.com/

A New Holiday Favorite

This festive green bean salad is a great, tasty example of a nutrient-dense side dish that you can enjoy during the holidays – and one that your family will surely be thankful for! The salad contains walnuts that not only add a nice crunch, but also contain a dose of healthy fats, as well as protein and fiber. You can pair this bright green bean salad with any entree, and it will be a guaranteed hit.

My favorite holiday tradition that I've started is providing veggies at every family event that I attend. Sometimes my family is preoccupied with preparing all the entrees that they forget about incorporating veggies. By bringing it myself, I ensure that there will be at least one veggie dish present that all will enjoy. I love preparing side dishes with green beans because they are not only delicious, but quick to prepare. This specific recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and is a personal favorite. This holiday season, share the gift of health and take this side dish to your holiday events!

Marleny Vazquez holds a B.S in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University and is currently completing her M.S. in Dietetics along with her Dietetic Internship program at Sam Houston State University. She enjoys spending time with her family and cooking with her younger siblings. Her passion is to empower others in living their healthiest lives through nutrition and wellness education.

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