Green Bean, Tomato and Basil Salad

So you may have guessed by now that I’m in love with heirloom tomatoes, ha!  I know I did a similar salad to this a couple weeks ago but when I looked in my fridge and saw more green beans and heirlooms there was just no turning away.  This HAD to be made!

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With Canadian Thanksgiving coming this weekend, this will make a lovely side dish.  I love Thanksgiving because we celebrate it here and then often join our cousins in Michigan for their holiday so we get double the fun.  I’m especially thankful this year for my loyal readers.  The blog continues to grow and I guess I’m still amazed by that.   I’m trying hard to be original and provide you with fresh, new recipes and I’m so grateful that you’re enjoying them.  Thank you!

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I picked up a giant basil plant at the farm earlier in the summer and it has been a real joy to use the large, beautiful leaves in so many dishes.  This dish can’t be any simpler – tomatoes, green beans and basil.  The dressing is simple too but if you want to change it up feel free.

When it comes to salads, I can go wild with loads of ingredients and flavours like this Halloumi and Za’atar Fattoush Salad and those are lots of fun to assemble but then I go completely the other way and pare it down to the bare minimum.  When you have farm fresh produce, I think it’s the best way to go.  They don’t need much – their natural taste shines.

The best thing about this salad is it’s bright colours and it will dress up any meal from casual to fine dining.

Green Bean, Tomato and Basil Salad | Simply Fresh Dinners

You don’t want to steam your beans for more than 1-2 minutes in order to retain their nutrients.   They are chock full of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, manganese and fiber just to name a few.   Besides, your kids will enjoy the taste much more if they’re not cooked to death.  Did your mom cook your veggies till they were limp when you were a kid? lol.  Mine did and now I barely steam them for more than a minute!  No saggy, sad veggies on my plate!

Aren’t those salad plates cool?  I got them from GlucksteinHome.  If you’re in Canada you can find them at Home Outfitters or The Bay.  Love them!

Ok, I’m taking a break from heirlooms for awhile and right now my mind is busy with Indian meatballs.  It will be so interesting to see how these turn out!  Can’t wait to share them with you.   Cheers!


Green Bean, Tomato and Basil Salad
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 4-6 persons
  • 1 pound of green beans (I used yellow as well), washed and trimmed
  • 1 pound of tomatoes ( I used heirloom but any type will do), halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  1. Blanch the green beans in a pan of boiling water for 1-2 minutes. You want them tender but still crisp. Transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and cool. Pat dry and cut into 2 inch pieces.
  2. Combine beans, tomatoes and basil leaves.
  3. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined well. Drizzle over vegetables, toss gently and serve.



  • Reply
    Bam's Kitchen
    October 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I love these simple and easy salad recipes. Those wooden plates just rock- the natural look and curves are beautiful. Wishing you an amazing Canadian Thanksgiving this upcoming weekend. Just a little humour for you or maybe it will make you sad but my girl has been in for surgery again…that would be my oven. The guys had her out in the middle of the kitchen doing CPR on her and trying to get her to keep a constant temperature. Why is it that every holiday season I have to revert to stir fry’s… ahh the joys of living in Asia. Pinned and smoke signal sent.
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      October 9, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Thanks so much, Bobbi!
      Oh my goodness, not more surgery! Do you think she’sgoing to make it? LOL From what I understand, most people don’t do a lot of home cooking in Hong Kong so are repairmen hard to come by?
      Hope she has a quick recovery!
      Your Okra dish is simply the best!
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    October 8, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Beautil and simple dish. Your photography skills are amazing Robyn. Love the wooden dish. It really showcases your star green beans and tomatoes. The colors are so bright! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. It will be fun to hear all about it. Lots of love from W.W. xo
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      October 9, 2015 at 6:46 am

      Thanks so much, Linda. I had a day when I could photograph outside and it makes all the difference!
      Those blown glass designs are so special! Talk soon, WW xoxo
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    anita rivera
    October 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I tried coming earlier but got interrupted. Everything looks so great!

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    October 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Robyn, such a beautiful salad, you can almost see the freshness. Love the salad plates…..
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    GiGi Eats
    October 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Best salad combo ever! I would totally add a little bit of olives and tuna! 😉
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      October 9, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Ohhhh, those are some interesting additives, GiGi. I could definitely go for those, too. Thanks for the great suggestion 🙂
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    October 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    YES those plates are cool! Very “Jamie Oliver” style of plating. I adore heirloom tomatoes, just unfortunate they are so darn expensive. I did splurge this week though, I have some in the fridge. AND BEANS TOO! I wish I could upload pics onto comments!
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      October 20, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Oh, wouldn’t that be fun if we could add pics to our comments, Nagi Beans are the best! Thanks so much for popping in 🙂
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    mila furman
    October 10, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Robyn! I love this!!!! So simple and beautiful! And I am JUST as in love with heirloom tomatoes are you are!!!
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      October 20, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Aren’t they just the cutest little gems, Mila?! Thanks so much. You know me…keep it quick and simple and I’m happy, lol.
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    Cook With Nisha
    August 8, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Your Food Photography is just awesome! May I know which camera you use to shoot it.

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      August 8, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Thanks so much, Nisha! It is a Canon Rebel t5i. The lens is a 50 mm. Pretty basic 🙂 I am now mostly using a macro lens with my new posts but the 50 mm is still a fav.

      Thanks for visiting!

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        Cook With Nisha
        August 8, 2018 at 10:22 am

        Thank you dear for your fast reply 🙂 Much Appreciated 🙂

        Would you want to take an interview at

        Any contribution would be highly appreciated!!

        Thank you so much 🙂

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          August 8, 2018 at 10:26 am

          Thanks so much for your interest, Nisha. I’m in the process of moving right now but perhaps if I could get back to you in September, I could make it work with my schedule 🙂
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    Cook With Nisha
    August 8, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Thank you so much dear for your interest!! It means a lot to me! Thank you once again for your instant replies.


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