Easy Green Bean Salad (naturally vegan & ready in 3 mins)
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our time of recipe creation then it’s to listen to others. This easy green bean salad is another classic – not designed by us, but rather by Hauke’s grandma. Yep.
Not the grandma of creamy cucumber salad fame, but rather the other grandma. It’s a simple dish, make no mistake – and that’s why we love it. Taking literally two or three minutes to throw together it means you can move on to more important things over the day, knowing that most of lunch is already taken care of.
Simple it might be, but don’t let that deceive you. For just a few ingredients it packs a surprisingly tasty punch. It quickly became grandma Jenny’s signature dish.
It’s a concept we happen to agree with as well – good, nutritious food that’s ready quickly and easy to prepare. We even designed a book around it – Breakfast in Six. A compilation of exclusive vegan and vegetarian breakfasts that use just six ingredients and are fantastically satisfying. Lunch in Six is on the way, too.
Jenny knew what she was doing. In her heyday, fast food was just that – something quickly made at home. Sugar wasn’t hidden in everything, and preserving fruits and vegetables to make them last longer was the norm.
Although we suggest buying already jarred green beans for time-saving reasons, there’s nothing to stop you preserving your own beans.
This easy green bean salad is tangy, tasty and also low-carb if that’s something you’re looking for. It’s also low in calories, and if weight loss is your goal then this lunch is a great place to start (more veggie low calorie dinner recipes here!). If it’s not, feel free to bulk it up with some crusty brown bread or a good ol’ fashioned German pretzel. Some potatoes on the side is also very traditional – boiled or roasted are great! For a full guide to roasting, go here.
Green bean salad isn’t the only way to lose weight. We know it’s a complex (and often intimidating) subject, which is why is we hired professional weight loss specialist Claire Garcia Ruiz to help us. As mentioned at the beginning – we’ve learned to listen to others and cut out the noise.
Thanks to Claire we now have a free 7 day weight loss meal plan, as well as our best-selling ebook ‘Vegetarian for Weight Loss’ that shows in black and white how to simply lose weight through eating properly (the book includes over 80 recipes and five meal plans to choose from).
Easy green bean salad – a final note from Jenny
“This salad gets tastier with every minute that it’s left in the fridge! If you need to eat it straight away that’s fine, but if you can resist for a couple of hours (make it in the morning or even the night before) then the flavours will infuse even more. Plus, I love it chilled!”
Whatever your reasons for wanting an easy green bean salad are, enjoy. This recipe has come from an authentic history and is now a quick lunchtime staple in all our HurryTheFoodUp households, and we’re sure it will continue to be so!
- 1 jar green beans (a 24oz/660g jar wet weight is about right, or 1.5-2 cans))
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 3 tbsp green bean water (saved from the jar)
- 1 handful parsley, fresh
- 1 red onion
- Drain the green beans, saving a little of the water.
- Dice the red onion very thinly. Put the beans and onion in a large bowl.
- Rip or chop the parsley and it along with the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, bean water, and parsley.
- Let the salad rest for 2-3 hours for maximum taste.