If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s all of the delicious fresh produce. I feel like a kid in a candy store walking through the farmers market this time of year. Smelling the sweet scent of berries and seeing the beautiful rainbow of colors is enough to inspire me for weeks in the kitchen.
I admit the heat might not always be the most enjoyable part of the season but on the bright side, it puts me in the mood for light and healthy salads. Before I eat my ice cream sandwich, of course.
This green bean salad is one of my favorite things to make in the summertime. It’s bursting with refreshing flavor from garden fresh herbs, zucchini, sweet corn and juicy tomatoes.
It’s actually based off a similar recipe that I posted on my blog way back in the day. I’ve tweaked it slightly over the years and I would consider this the perfected version. The green beans and zucchini are lightly steamed, just until tender, then combined with chickpeas, corn, tomatoes and green onion. Then all of that gets tossed in a simple dressing made from fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar.
Outside of trimming the green beans, it comes together fairly quick. If you prep the dressing while the vegetables are steaming, then you can have it ready in just 30 minutes.
I like to serve it as a side item with my favorite lentil veggie burgers but honestly, between the protein and the fiber in the chickpeas and veggies, it’s filling enough to enjoy all on it’s own. Which also makes it a great side item to bring to a barbecue. As a vegetarian, sometimes I can find the veg-friendly options at parties to be somewhat limited. It always helps to have something to offer guests with a little plant protein!
For the Salad
For the Fresh Herb Dressing
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