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It’s almost May and you know what that means… SUMMER!
I can not wait for summertime picnics, beach parties, and backyard BBQs. When this time of year rolls around, I am ready to start bringing mealtime outside. I am also ready to start making some of my favorite summer foods, like the quintessential summer side, String Bean and Tomato Salad.
I received complimentary products from Cento Fine Foods, but as always, opinions are 100% my own!
Eating vegetables and fruits is just so healthful by nature, and when summer rolls around, I really look forward to the abundance of homegrown fruits and vegetables because I know they are not loaded with chemicals and pesticides. My goal is to always cook with good quality foods that make mealtime both healthy and tasty.
That’s why I love summer salads like string beans and tomatoes, it’s a simple summer side dish made with just a few seasonal ingredients. I think there are 6 ingredients to this salad including tomatoes, string beans, sliced onions, and dried herbs. I even like to keep it organic right down to the olive oil and vinegar.
Lately, I have been enjoying this 100% Cento Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is made from selected organic olives and certified by the ICEA (an Italian organization that certifies organic farming). It makes the perfect addition to this fresh seasonal side.
So, these are the things that make me happy: summer and good quality food. Now let’s get this summer started by grabbing a cold one, firing up that grill, and diving right into this yummy string bean and tomato salad.
Happy cooking, BBQ’ing, and more!
Italian Green Bean and Tomato Salad
- 12 oz Green Beans/String Beans
- 1/2 Small white or red onion sliced thinly
- 6 Campari Tomatoes quartered
- 1 tsp Dried oregano
- Pinch Garlic salt
- Pinch Pepper
- 3-4 Tblsp. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup White Balsamic Vinegar
- Par boil the string beans until cooked but still firm. Let them cool.
- In a bowl, combine cooled green beans, sliced onions, tomatoes, seasonings, olive oil and vinegar. Mix all together and let sit for a few hours or overnight.
If you live in the New York City area you can find this olive oil at:
Westside Market (77 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001)