On Christmas day we had a family gathering at my husband’s sister’s place where my contribution to the yummy traditional turkey meal was a green salad, a green bean salad and a gluten-free dessert so my daughter could have something sweet.

I think the bean salad was a hit, there was none left and my family seemed to enjoy it. So when our friends were coming over yesterday, I decided to repeat it but added some more yumminess to it to improve it.

Well, it was a hit with my friends, especially with their 10 year old son, Joaquin, who gave it a 10/10. So I decided to share the recipe with you. And what’s great about it is that you can adjust the ingredients, the quantities, add some, leave some and just kind of make it your own, or make it as written in the recipe.

Green Bean Salad – serves 6-8

  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of fine green beans
  • 1/2 – 1 red onion, sliced, diced or whatever shape you like
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup roasted sliced almonds
  • optional: 6 cooked strips of bacon cut into chunks

Directions: Steam your green beans to desired doneness. I used frozen green beans purchased at Costco, they work well for this recipe, but feel free to use fresh green beans if you prefer. Once the water is boiling, I like to steam my green beans for approximately 5-7 minutes. Once the green beans are cooked, cut them into bite size pieces, or leave them whole, as you wish and add them to a mixing bowl or serving dish. Add the onion, garlic, parsley, olive oil, lime juice, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix well. Taste the beans and add more liquids if desired as well as salt and pepper. If you used a mixing bowl, cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. When ready to serve, transfer to serving dish, add roasted sliced almonds and bacon, mix well and serve. ** You can prepare this dish the day before your event if you’d like or the morning of your event. You can also make it for lunches for the week.