Some of you might be planning a get together this long weekend.  Perhaps you are wondering what to serve your friends or what to bring to a potluck.  This salad is wonderfully delicious and is a perfect side dish to any meal.  The tangy lemon dressing mixed with oregano and olives brings out the Mediterranean flavours.

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I love making this dish at this bountiful time a year.  All the ingredients used in the salad are fresh and in season.  I used primarily yellow and green beans, but they can be substituted with strips of different coloured zucchinis.  Sometimes when I don’t have enough beans, I mix in some summer squash.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green beans trimmed
  • 1 lb yellow beans trimmed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced (sometimes I use red onion)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

In a pot of boiling water, cook the beans for about 7 minutes or until tender-crisp.  Drain well and transfer in a large bowl.  If I use zucchini, I fry strips of them until tender-crisp before transferring to the bowl.

Heat the oil in skillet on medium heat.  Add the shallots, red pepper and garlic.  Sauté for 5 minutes or until softened slightly.  Add the beans.

The Lemon Oregano Dressing

  • ½ tsp grated lemon rind
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (I always put more. I love feta cheese!)
  • ¼ cup oil-cured black olives pitted and slivered. (if I don’t have black olives on hand, I use green olives)

greek-green-bean-salad-red-peppers-feta-680-0188.jpgTo make the dressing, whisk together lemon rind and juice, oregano, garlic and mustard; season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle in the olive oil, whisking until blended.  Pour over the beans and toss to coat well.

Place the salad in a serving bowl or platter, sprinkle the feta cheese and olives. Enjoy!

Stop by the shop to get a great tasting olive oil that will make the dressing extra special.  While you are here, check out our cheese selections.

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