Healthy Green Bean Salad

Garlic and olive oil make this super-simple chilled green bean salad extra-healthy–which makes sense, since it comes to us from Dr. Andrew Weil. Besides, it tastes fabulous and makes a perfect bring-along to picnics and cookouts.


1 pound thin green beans
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
4 strips lemon zest
1 bay leaf
Seasalt to taste

1. Cook the beans in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes, or until bright green and just crisp-tender. Drain and rinse immediately with cold water, then pat dry. Place beans in a large bowl.

2. Add oil, garlic, lemon zest, and bay leaf. Toss well to coat, and add salt to taste. Cover and allow to stand at room temperature for several hours.

3. Remove bay leaf and lemon zest before serving.

Serves 4.

Inspired by a recipe of Dr. Andrew Weil's in In Great Taste, by Evelyn H. Lauder (Rodale Press, 2006).


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

leslie c.
leslie c4 years ago

sounds great! thanks!

J.L. A.
JL A4 years ago


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Sounds good. Thank you for sharing.

Joe R.
Joe R4 years ago

Sounds refreshing!

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EcoWorrier M5 years ago

thanks for article

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Yummy! I love green bean. Thanks for this healthy recipe.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Susan Pernot
Susan Pernot6 years ago

Sounds like a tasty treat, I love green beans

Martha Ramirez
Martha R6 years ago

Much better with a some red on top.