Bean Salad Recipe, prepare Salad with Green Beans

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Here I show you my recipe Green Bean Salad. The green beans come in two variations… with pumpkin seed oil and… classic with vinegar-oil dressing. 

What has to be considered during preparation? What goes well with a bean salad? Which onion is right? Which vinegar promises a good taste? I’ll answer all these questions here in this article. 

The popular side salad goes well with many skin dishes with fish and meat. We appreciate its cooling effect when grilling and BBQ in summer. 

Get many tips for salad and dressing now. Good luck!

Fresh beans in a pot

You can cut the beans into small pieces or leave them whole. Both versions are ok. Tip: Small cut beans accept more salad dressing.

1. Salad with Green Beans, the most important Things at a Glance…

  • After removing the ends, cook the beans in boiling salted water until al dente and then in ice water. The green colour of the bean is retained by the rapid cooling.
  • Use preferably red onions for bean salad. Immediately after cutting, soak the onion cubes in vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar. The fermentation process of the sliced onion is thus interrupted. The onion tastes fresh and fine in the salad.
  • Red wine vinegar and white wine vinegar are the preferred varieties.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Use a matured, old balsamic vinegar or a boiled down balsamic vinegar cream.
  • You can also try lemon juice, which is used in Ayurvedic cooking instead of vinegar!
  • Use neutral vegetable oil or pumpkin seed oil. If you’re going to Austria, you’ll find the lettuce on the menu as a ‘Fisolensalat’.
  • Do not leave the prepared salad warm for too long and consume it quickly.

The typical side dish salad goes well with Sunday roast meat, short roasted meat and generally as a healthy supplement to snacks.

Tomato Salad Recipe Picture

Tomato Salad with and without vinegar I will show you elsewhere. © Foodphotographer Thomas Sixt

2. Recipe Bean Salad with Green Beans

Below you will find step-by-step instructions and supplementary tips.

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4.82 from 16 votes
Green Bean Salad Recipe
Bean salad with step by step photos and many tips from professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dishes
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 122kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Basic Preparation
  • 150 g fresh green beans
  • 1 pc red onion
  • 4-6 pinches salt
  • 4 pinches brown sugar I prefer to use raw cane sugar
  • 3 pinches pepper
Option Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • 1-2 tbs white wine vinegar or balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tbs lemon juice
Option Oil
  • 1-2 tbs sun flower oil
  • 1-2 tbs pumpkin seed oil
  • Wash and dry the beans and cut off the ends.
    grüne Bohnen zuputzen
  • Prepare the beans for blanching. Place a pot of water on top and bring to the boil. Season to taste with salt.
    Geputzte grüne bohnen
  • Place the beans in the boiling water and blanch until al dente.
    rohe Bohnen kochen
  • Then cool the cooked beans in cold water. Water with ice cubes is ideal.
    bissfest Gekochte bohnen abkühlen
  • Halve and peel the onion and garlic.
    rote Zwiebel und Knoblauch
  • Finely dice the onion and garlic.
    Zwiebel würfeln
  • Put onion cubes and garlic cubes in a bowl. Add vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar and mix well.
    ZWiebel in Essig
  • Add the cooled and drained beans to the vinegar marinade.
    Bohnensalat mit Zwiebeln marinieren.
  • Next refine with neutral oil or pumpkin seed oil. Try salad and season to taste with salt, pepper and sugar.
    bohnensalat mit öl verfeinern
  • Arrange and serve the salad. Enjoy your meal!
    Bohnensalat Rezept Bild
Bean salad with bacon...
Fry the bacon cubes in a pan until crispy and sprinkle lukewarm over the salad.
Bean salad with cream...
Replace vinegar with lemon juice and mix with 30 ml cream.
Grandma's bean salad...
My grandmother prepared the salad with neutral, diluted vinegar essence. Use a commercial table vinegar for bean salad according to grandma´s style.

3. Calories Green Bean Salad, the Nutritional Values at a Glance

Nutrition Facts
Green Bean Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 781mg34%
Potassium 246mg7%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4. More Recipes

More side dishes salads:
Coleslaw salad
Potato Salad recipes
Tomato Salad
Bean salad goes well with:
Bavarian roast pork
Quick roast pork
Steak with fried potatoes
Viennese Schnitzel
Beef roulades
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