Green Bean & Tommy-Toe Salad

July/August 2013

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At first glance, you may think that vinegar or lemon juice has been inadvertently omitted from the ingredient list of this green bean and tomato salad recipe. Not so. The juice of tiny ripe cherry tomatoes, called “tommy toes” in parts of the mountain South, is acidic enough that you don’t need vinegar or lemon juice, and also contributes subtle sweetness—the perfect counterpoint to fresh beans.

Green Bean & Tommy-Toe Salad

Makes: 4 servings, about 3/4 cup each

Serving Size: about 3/4 cup each

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, cut in half
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 small sweet white onion, diced (1/2 inch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Place oil and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Put green beans in a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the beans are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Drain the beans and transfer to a serving bowl. Discard the garlic and add the garlic-infused oil to the beans. Add onion and salt; gently toss to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes to the beans and gently stir to combine. Serve immediately.


Per serving:: 132 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 8 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 3 g fiber; 295 mg sodium; 274 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (27% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2 Carbohydrate Servings

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 2 fat

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