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