This Thai inspired green bean salad is a healthy and extremely tasty way to serve green beans. The recipe is from Amber, who blogs at Loves Food Loves to Eat.

Thai Bean Salad on Palm Plate

I love Thai flavors, so I knew I’d love this salad. I admit that I overcooked my green beans a tad (I’d have prefered ‘em a little greener/more firm), but they were still delicious. I added quite a bit of sriracha, so the salad was nice and spicy. I doubled all the ingredients and served a big batch of this at a barbeque…everyone loved it.

As you can see in the photo above, I served the salad on compostable plates made with palm leaves. Justin from Marx foods sent me a bunch of these eco-friendly plates to test, and I really like them. They’re such a great alternative to disposable dishware- good looking and good for the planet, as well.

Thai Green Bean Salad Recipe
Adapted from Thai Green Bean Salad at food52
Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup wheat-free soy sauce or tamari
* 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
* 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
* 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
* juice of 2 large limes
* 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
* Sriracha sauce to taste
* 2 pounds fresh green beans/string beans- ends removed and sliced in half
* 1 large tomato, sliced
* 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
* 2 sprigs fresh mint, chopped
* 1/4-1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)
* sliced green onion for garnish
* black pepper

Preparation:

1. For dressing, whisk together the soy sauce, garlic, fish sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice and zest, brown sugar, and sriracha.

2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch beans for about 2 minutes, so they are still crunchy and bright green…don’t pull a Winnie and overcook them! Shock in cold water so they stop cooking and maintain their color.

3. Combine red pepper, tomato, cilantro, basil, mint, and green beans. Toss with dressing and add black pepper to taste. Let sit for at least 30 minutes for flavors to meld.

4. Toss in peanuts and garnish with green onion before serving.

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17 Comments

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    Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } — June 12, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    That looks really tasty and pretty good for you! Thank you for sharing!

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    Food Lover — June 12, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    I LOVE green bean, looks really delicious.

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    Monet — June 12, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    What a terrific summer side dish. I love using fresh green beans in the summer…they taste so crisp and good. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 12, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    What a fun way to spice up green beans!

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    roxan — June 12, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    This salad looks great, it would be a wonderful side to any meal. I don’t think the green beans look overcooked at all :)

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    Cook with Madin — June 12, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    The salad looks good, I can eat this anytime. Thank you for sharing.

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    Mo — June 12, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    Looks delicious! :)

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    GreenGirl — June 12, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    That’s a delicious looking salad :)

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    Barbara @ moderncomfortfood — June 14, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    You always have the most delicious, pretty, and healthy salads, Winnie. I’m a great lover of Thai flavors also, and the dressing you’ve used here — a keeper! — looks to be a wonderful light way to add oomph to seasonal salad fixins from the garden.

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    Maria — June 14, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    What a delicious salad!

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    Lori Lynn — June 14, 2010 @ 7:09 am

    That sounds like one mighty tasty salad! We love Thai food so I know that, with those flavors, it would be a big hit around here!
    LL

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    megan — June 14, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    I love those dishes. I tried some last year and they are wonderful. This bean salad looks terriffic!

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    sensiblecooking — June 14, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    Very colorful and and flavorful with all those herbs cilantro, basil and mint. Yummy!!!!!!

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    Loves Food, Loves to Eat — June 14, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    So glad you liked my salad! Your pictures of it are beautiful! =)

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    Aubree Cherie — June 16, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    Ooo yum! It looks so easy to make, but packed with flavor!

    ~Aubree Cherie

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    Fuji Mama — June 17, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    This looks so flavorful–I can’t wait to try it!

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    Karen — June 17, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    I love to roast green beans, which really releases their sweetness. I’ll bet this salad would be just as great with roasted. I might try it this weekend!

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