Green Bean and Red Onion Salad with Chevre

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


1pound fresh green beans
1/2cup light olive oil
3tablespoons raspberry vinegar
1tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon pepper
1 1/2tablespoons sugar
1 red onion, sliced into thin rings
3 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
4ounces chevre, cut into thin wedges
Toasted walnuts (optional)


  1. Cook the green beans with enough water to cover in a saucepan for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender-crisp; drain.  Plunge the green beans into cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Combine the olive oil, raspberry vinegar, dill, salt, pepper and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.  Add the green beans and onion; stir to coat.  Refrigerate, covered, for at least 8 hours.  Add the apples and chevre and toss to coat.

Note:  You may drain the dressing from the green beans and onion, arrange them on serving plates and top with the apples and chevre.  Drizzle with dressing.  You may also sprinkle the salad with toasted walnuts.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Forward Arts Foundation’s The Swan’s Palette (Atlanta, Georgia, 2000).