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Marinated Veggie Salad

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This Marinated Veggie Salad is not only beautiful, but it’s a delicious way of eating your veggies.  

marinated veggie salad
The recipe for Marinated Veggie (Lots of Veggies) Salad is one of many in The Southern Living Party Cookbook: A Modern Guide to Gathering, all of which are perfect for entertaining.

How To Make Marinated Veggie Salad

For this refreshing salad, you need the following:

  • 8 ounces fresh green beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (from 1 pint)
  • 3⁄4 cup thinly diagonally sliced celery (from 2 stalks)
  • 3⁄4 cup thinly sliced red onion (from 1 small onion)
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

To make it, start by filling a medium bowl with ice and water. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high. Add the green beans, and cook until crisp-tender and bright green, about 4 minutes.

Plunge into the ice water using a slotted spoon or tongs. Let stand until thoroughly chilled, about 5 minutes. Remove the green beans, and pat dry with a paper towel. Cut into 1-inch pieces, and place in a large bowl.

Next, add the chickpeas, tomatoes, celery, and red onion to the bowl with the green beans. Set aside while you prepare the tasty vinaigrette.

For the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly, until emulsified.

Drizzle the vinaigrette over the vegetables, and toss to coat.

Cover and chill until the onions are tender and the vegetables are flavorful, at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours, tossing occasionally. Toss with the basil and thyme just before serving. Serve the salad chilled or at room temperature.

Yield: 8 servings

Marinated Veggie (Lots of Veggies) Salad

Marinated Veggie (Lots of Veggies) Salad

Feel free to use your favorite combination of vegetables in this recipe, but remember to include lots of color. My favorite combination is blanched asparagus, multicolored peppers, cucumbers, green beans, and cherry tomatoes. The vegetables can be blanched and chopped a day ahead. Add the marinade about two to four hours before serving so the veggies can fully absorb the wonderful dressing.

Prep Time 11 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fresh green beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (from 1 pint)
  • 3⁄4 cup thinly diagonally sliced celery (from 2 stalks)
  • 3⁄4 cup thinly sliced red onion (from 1 small onion)
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium bowl with ice and water. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high. Add the green beans, and cook until crisp-tender and bright green, about 4 minutes. Plunge into the ice water using a slotted spoon or tongs. Let stand until thoroughly chilled, about 5 minutes. Remove the green beans, and pat dry with a paper towel. Cut into 1-inch pieces, and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, celery, and red onion to the bowl with the green beans. Set aside while you prepare the vinaigrette.
  3. Whisk together the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly, until emulsified. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the vegetables, and toss to coat. Cover and chill until the onions are tender and the vegetables are flavorful, at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours, tossing occasionally. Toss with the basil and thyme just before serving. Serve the salad chilled or at room temperature.

Notes

Excerpted from The Southern Living Party Cookbook by Elizabeth Heiskell. Copyright © 2018 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Meredith Corporation. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Heiskell was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, where she grew a passion for combining her love of food and the history of the rich agricultural area she was raised in.

Under the brand name the Debutante Farmer, she sells homegrown gourmet pickles, jellies, jams, salsas, and her popular Bloody Mary mix. She started her food journey with courses at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. As Lead Culinary Instructor at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, world headquarters of the Viking Range Corporation, she has represented Viking on exclusive SilverSea cruises in Europe and the Pacific.

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