A bright crisp healthy Three Bean Salad for Summer! Assorted beans, sweet onions, fresh tomatoes and a luscious creamy lemon yogurt dressing. The perfect side dish for parties, picnics and barbecues.
Summer is a time when fresh seasonal produce dictates what I cook. Here’s how I like to celebrate summer’s bounty of beans: three bean salad made with green and yellow beans.
The beans are blanched to crisp-tenderness and dressed with a simple lemon-yogurt vinaigrette. I toss in canned cannellini beans for their rich creaminess and chopped fresh tomatoes and slivered basil for even more summery goodness.
When green and yellow beans are in season, they are hard to resist. I like to keep them whole for salads. I just wash them and snip off the root tip. Then I cook them for just a few minutes – enough time to tenderize them without dulling their bright colors.
Cooking red onions over medium-low heat for a short time in a little olive oil, melts them and brings out their natural sweetness.
Fresh basil is one of the key flavor components in this salad. Plum tomatoes add color and texture.
Wilkinson’s philosophy is to build a meal around fresh seasonal produce. His recipes are not strictly vegetarian. Fish and meat make an appearance here and there, but they take a back seat to the veggies.
Wilkinson also shares interesting veggie history and advice for the gardener. For example, I learned that the roots of bean and pea plants are loaded with soil-enriching nitrogen.
After you harvest beans, you should let the plant wither in your garden for a couple of weeks. Once the plant dies, Wilkinson says to cut off the top and stir the roots around. This releases nitrogen and dramatically improves the soil for future crops.
This salad salad has a wonderful combination of flavors and textures: crunchy and tender vegetables, brightly-flavored with lots of minty basil and tangy lemon-yogurt dressing. Serve it for a casual picnic, a weeknight dinner, or a fancy buffet. It works beautifully with grilled steak, chicken or Ribs.
Here’s the recipe for Three Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing. If you make this salad I hope you’ll come back to review it and leave a comment. I always love to hear back from you!Print
Three Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing
A great summer side dish with assorted beans, fresh basil, and a light, bright lemon-yogurt dressing.
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 45 mins
- Yield: 10-12 1x
- Category: Salad, Side Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Australian
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt – whole milk
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon finely minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound green beans, washed, root end trimmed
- 1 pound yellow beans, washed, root end trimmed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (to sauté onions)
- 2 medium red onions, sliced in half through the root. Each half thinly sliced crosswise
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (for the onions)
- 3 ripe plum tomatoes
- 1 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup, packed basil leaves, washed, dried, finely chopped
- Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Dressing In a small bowl whisk yogurt and olive oil until creamy. Add lemon juice, garlic and salt, and whisk until creamy and fully combined. Set dressing aside.
- Salad Fill a large pot halfway with water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil. Add beans and cook until crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer beans to a large bowl of ice-water to stop the cooking process. Drain and refill the bowl with cold water. Drain and set aside.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet. Add onions and cook, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, until soft. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside to cool.
- Slice tomatoes in half lengthwise. Pull out the seeds and watery pulp. Dice the flesh. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine green and yellow beans, onions, tomatoes, basil, and cannellini beans. Pour dressing on top and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. (Can be made a day ahead. Let salad warm at room temp for 15 minutes or so and toss, before serving)
[This post first appeared on Panning The Globe in May 2013. It was updated in August 2019 with added nutritional information and more details added to the written post]
Keywords: summer bean salad, healthy three bean salad