This recipe was originally published in 1996 and is in our hall of fame. Green beans get a punch with feta cheese, dill and garlic and a crunch by adding walnuts.
2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
1 small purple onion, thinly sliced
1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
How to Make It
Cut green beans into thirds, and arrange in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam 15 minutes or until crisp-tender. Immediately plunge into cold water to stop the cooking process; drain and pat dry.
Toss together green beans, onion, cheese, and walnuts in a large bowl. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Whisk together olive oil and next 5 ingredients; cover and chill 1 hour.
Pour vinaigrette over green bean mixture, and chill 1 hour; toss just before serving.
Super easy salad with tons of flavors and textures. Made this for a tailgate, but would also be great at a barbeque, potluck, etc.
I used closer to 6 ounces of feta. I found this recipe in Southern Living's "Ultimate Quick & Easy Cookbook". They call for using 2 16oz bags of frozen green beans and microwaving 10 minutes on HIGH in a microwave-safe container, stirring half way through.
Here is our full review with pics: http://onecoupleskitchen.blogspot.com/2012/11/green-bean-walnut-feta-salad.html
Very good salad. We used goat cheese instead of feta and I think this would be really good with a blue cheese. Easy to make, but make sure you realize the time requirements. (One hour apart then another hour together.) Delicious. Refreshing.