Saturday, January 12, 2013

French Bean & Roasted Tomato Salad

I've been meaing to post this recipe for a while. It's really simple and a lot yummier than it probably looks. It's a good salad for winter because the French beans and tomatoes are warm. I've had a piece of grilled salmon with this as well just to add some more protein, but usually I just have the salad. It's actually got more calories than I realized - mainly because of the olive oil. You could reduce the amount of feta to lower the calorie count, but it really does add a nice change of texture to the salad.

Pictured without the pine nuts or dressing

4 cups lettuce/mixed greens
1 1/2 cups trimmed French beans
4 tablespoons feta cheese
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
10 cherry tomatoes
2 bay leaves
sea salt & pepper to taste
2 teaspoons + 1/2 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil 

1 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Slice cherry tomatoes in half. Place on a baking tray (spray with olive oil before placing on tray) and sprinkle sea salt and ground black pepper on top. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the tomatoes. Also crush 2 bay leaves over the tomatoes. Bake at 225 for 45 minutes.

2. Top and tail the French beans; slice; boil for 5 minutes. Drain.

3. Make the dressing - combine all the ingredients together and blend well. 

4. Toast the pine nuts in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. 

5. Mix the salad ingredients - lettuce, French beans, roasted tomatoes, pine nuts, and feta cheese. Add the dressing.

Nutritional Info: (calories per serving/serves 2 - including the salad dressing)
550 calories
19 g. protein
56 g. carbohydrates (16.5 g. fiber)
28 g. fat (4 g. saturated fat)


  1. Looks delicious:)

  2. The salad does look good. I love adding a small amount of feta to my salad. The flavor is worth the calories. Yum. :)

  3. Hi! Looks so good. It's the middle of the night here, and I probably shouldn't be looking at pictures of tasty food. My stomach is waking up. :D

    I'm no longer scared of adding cheese to my food anymore. A little cheese, of various kinds, makes food taste better. Plus, it is satisfying to eat cheese and has never given me cravings.

    :-) Marion

    1. And you must be feeling much better to be up and cooking. :D


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