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Healthy Green Bean Salad

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.

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

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12:06PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

10:59AM PDT on May 10, 2012

sounds great! thanks!

12:43PM PDT on May 6, 2012


8:22AM PDT on May 5, 2012

Sounds good. Thank you for sharing.

7:08AM PDT on May 5, 2012

Sounds refreshing!

6:49AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

thanks for article

12:26AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

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

5:25AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Thank you

9:25AM PST on Jan 28, 2011

Sounds like a tasty treat, I love green beans

12:55PM PST on Jan 27, 2011

Much better with a some red on top.

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