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Garden Fresh Green Bean Salad Recipes, Gardening Tips, and Gifts

Green Beans in Spotlight from Garden

Spotlight view of the picked green beans from my garden. It was a good crop.Print by Sandyspider on Zazzle

Spotlight view of the picked green beans from my garden. It was a good crop.Print by Sandyspider on Zazzle

Green Beans Straight From the Garden

Green beans or string beans (whichever way you would like to call these yummy vegetables) taste their best when they are garden fresh.

It was the year that my husband decided that we could have a large garden and sell our produce at the farmers market. His sister and her husband cleared off about an 80x30 foot area for us on their farm. The agreement was that we do all the upkeep. And they meant it.

The hot, humid, rainy season of summer 2010, was expected to break the record for rain during June, July, and August. The excess rain made some of the crops grow too rapidly.

Our vegetables were growing at many different times than we had anticipated. We didn't have enough variety of garden plants ready to set up at the Farmers Market, and the cost was around $60 for a setup table. To make a long story short, I could not see making any money at this.

In the meantime, about 80% of this garden was what we planted. The other 20% was my sister-in-law's plants thrown in. After all, this garden we planted on her farm. The labor of our work was hard to maintain for two people with this extensive garden.

We had picked several bags of green beans. That was only a small portion of the two large overcrowded, mosquito-infested rows of green beans that were ready to be gathered. Among other vegetables that we brought home were cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, and a few onions.

The Green Beans in Spotlight Print, shown above is available within the link below.

Sandyspider Green Beans Gifts – View Here

(My images are copyrighted and have a digital thumb print on file.)

Green Bean Cutter and Slicer Machine


Norpro French Bean Slicer

Norpro Deluxe Bean Frencher With Clamp French/Green/Slicer/Cutter Heavy Duty

I had added this French bean slicer to my wish list. I love French style beans. Not sure if they taste better, but in my mind, the sliced green beans do.

French-cut beans have a delicate taste and a pleasant, tender texture. Clamp this tool onto any surface up to 1- 1/4" thick, feed string beans into the hopper, turn the crank, and six revolving stainless steel blades quickly fillet beans into ideal 1/8" slivers. Hopper is 1- 1/4" wide and handles several beans at once. Faster than any other method. Metal gears, cast aluminum body. 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 4"; 1 lb. A heavy-duty tool meant to last a lifetime.

Use raw freshly cut green beans. Already cooked beans would make it too mushy. Push thru the slicer lengthwise. Send no more than one or two of the vegetables at a time through the machine. Otherwise, it may break the cutter.

Using a French green been slicer/cutter will make it more easy for the chef of the family.

Gas Powered Cultivator/Tiller


Craftsman CMXGVAMKC29A 12-Inch 29cc 4-Cycle Gas Powered Cultivator/Tiller

Craftsman CMXGVAMKC29A 12-Inch 29cc 4-Cycle Gas Powered Cultivator/Tiller

The product description: The Craftsman CMXGVAMKC29A 29cc, 4-cycle gas cultivator loosens & cultivates the soil, getting you ready to plant the garden of your dreams. The 4-cycle engine is powerful, produces less noise, & eliminates the need to mix gas & oil. The CMXGVAMKC29A is equipped with Easy Start technology for simpler pull starts, as well as advanced 2-step starting to simplify starting to just Prime & pull. Lightweight & easy to operate, The cultivator comes with six patented-steel cultivating tines that can be easily adjusted depending on your desired cultivating width. It features a variable speed throttle & an adjustable tilling width from 6" To 12" With a tilling depth of up to 5" To handle a variety of tasks.

When we grew our large garden, we knew that we needed a cultivator to loosen the soil and get it ready for the plants and seeds. Choosing a Craftsman brand cultivator/tiler was a no brainer. Craftsman brand has been part of our family for years. The reason for that is the difference between excellent quality versus inferior quality products. As fas are quality goes, in my opinion, the Craftsman brand is the best.

This tiler is easy to put together and set it up. The soil at the farm was hard, rocky and heavy. The tiler had no problem digging it up and turning the ground into a beautiful soft bed of dirt, ready for planting. Best of all, it made it so much smoother than raking and hoeing. Easy on our backs.

The gas-powered tiller is only a small part of the garden tools needed. More essentials for the beginner or experienced garden are featured in this article.

Essential Gardening Tools

Green Bean and Tomatoes Postcard

see link at the top of this page

see link at the top of this page

Green Bean and Tomato Salad Recipe - Add Romaine Lettuce (Optional)

Enjoy this delicious recipe of green beans and tomatoes.


3/4 pound green beans, stems pinched off
1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced shallots
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes, each cut in half (or as much as desired)
1/2 cup hazelnuts, smashed and toasted
1 teaspoon honey

Directions for Dressing:

1. Whisk together the chives, thyme, shallots, lemon juice, heavy cream, salt, and pepper.
2. Whisk in the olive oil and honey with a fork, stirring until everything comes together. Set aside.


1. Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Salt generously and stir in the green beans. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes. Just until the beans brighten up and soften a bit.
2. Quickly drain them and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
3. In a large bowl toss the green beans, hazelnuts, and dressing. Toss well. Add the tomatoes and toss very gently.

(The green bean and tomato image is on many products. The link is shown above in this article under "Green Beans Straight From the Garden".)

Green Bean and Potato Salad Picture

Photo by wedgeofspite of Photobucket

Photo by wedgeofspite of Photobucket

Green Bean and Potato Salad


1 1/2 pounds red potatoes

3/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 small red onion, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 clove garlic, minced

1 dash Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


1. Place the potatoes in a large pot, and fill with about 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

2. Throw in the green beans to steam after the first 10 minutes. Drain, cool, and cut potatoes into quarters.

3. Transfer to a large bowl, and toss with fresh basil, red onion, salt and pepper. Set aside.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and olive oil. Pour over the salad, and stir to coat. Add extra seasoning to taste.

Makes 10 servings.

Green Bean Heads - This photo is found on t-shirts, mugs, keychains, magnets, buttons and more


Green Bean Heads Print

The green bean heads came from the small slugs that I had to clean from the beans. So many slugs!

But with my strange mind, I pictured these faces (slugs) mixed in with the beans. An original photo and design by me.

(Link is shown at the top of the page under "Green Beans Straight From the Garden.")

How to Prepare the Vegetables

Make sure to rinse all vegetables before eating and cooking. After giving a good rinse, clean the sink out, add beans with enough cold salt water to cover. Two teaspoons salt per quart. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse again thoroughly. This will kill any bacteria, bugs and those pesky green bean heads.

Green Bean Gifts - Unique and one of a kind


Gifts from Left to Right

Green Bean Heads! Magnet, Green Beans in Spotlight Keychain, Green Bean Heads! Postcard

Find more food vegetables, fruits and other edible photos at Sandyspider Gifts: Foodies Category in my store on Zazzle.

Green Bean Stir-Fry


1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon peanut butter

3/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed

4 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil


In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, garlic, sesame seeds, brown sugar and peanut butter; set aside. In a large skillet, stir-fry the green beans in oil until crisp-tender. Remove from the heat. Add the soy sauce mixture; stir to coat.

Get Your Veggies on a Tee Shirt - Looks Good Enough to Eat

See links on this page

See links on this page

Fun Green Bean T-Shirts

Green Bean Heads! T-shirt and the Green Bean and Tomatoes by Sandyspider

Find more food vegetables, fruits and other edible photos at Sandyspider Gifts: Foodies

Drink Your Vegetables? - String Beans and Tomatoes

See link at top of page

See link at top of page

Three Healthy Mugs on Zazzle

Green Beans in Spotlight Mug, Green Bean and Tomatoes Mug and Green Bean Heads Mugs

Find more food vegetables, fruits and other edible photos at Sandyspider Gifts: Foodies

Sandyspider Green Beans Gifts – View Here

Spot the Green Beans (Standing in the Middle of Our Garden Looking West)

Spot the Green Beans (Standing in the Middle of Our Garden Looking West)

Spot the Green Beans (Standing in the Middle of Our Garden Looking West)

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What is Your Favorite Garden Salad - Add This to Your Favorites

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on November 13, 2014:

favored Glad you found something for your green beans. Thanks for letting me know about Rich. Need to pay him a visit.

Fay Favored from USA on November 13, 2014:

Hi Sandy glad I saw this. I've been wanting some recipes for green beans that aren't so bland or loaded with onion. Pinning this to my veggie board. BTW - Found this article on Rich's The News That Matter (@Squid_Rich on Twitter).

Sandy Mertens (author) from Frozen Tundra on August 06, 2014:

@CherylsArt: We don't have that garden anymore. Just some smaller ones in our backyard.

CherylsArt on July 27, 2014:

Wow, that's a pretty large garden to tend to. I've grown snap peas but not green beans yet. That may be a new one for me to check out.

geosum on April 30, 2013:

I really miss having a vegetable garden. I have to settle for beans from the supermarket or farmers market. Nice lens.

whats4dinner on March 23, 2012:

Healthy and yummy recipe. Green veggies is good for our body.

Frankie Kangas from California on September 22, 2011:

Excellent lens. I love green beans and will definitely have to try the green beans and tomato and the potato and green bean salads. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2011:

Beautifully presented lens ~ I love salads and definitely love green beans. Thanks for sharing your recipes...blessings! :)

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on June 24, 2011:

I remember picking endless rows of green beans when I was a kid. Our garden fed 8 people through the winter after we canned the corn, green beans, and other produce.

anonymous on April 16, 2011:

I can't wait to try the Green Bean and Potato Salad. Thank you for sharing

Malu Couttolenc on April 15, 2011:

Sandy just as Andrea I will try that green bean and potatoe salad, it looks fresh and delicious, specially for this hot season :)

andreaberrios lm on April 13, 2011:

Oh Sandy the baked potato with green beans look delicious! yummy, I gonna try this one very soon! thanks!

anonymous on April 13, 2011:

Oh Wee, there's nothing like Fresh Green Beans and Tators!! Thanks for making me Hungry!!

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on April 13, 2011:

Lovely lens - I'm featuring it in my lens How to Grow Runner Beans and here are some Angel Blessings for you! So nice to see your own designs on things.

WhiteOak50 on September 29, 2010:

Thanks for adding this lens to my plexo at Meal on a Stick it looks so yummy!!

Missmerfaery444 on September 19, 2010:

Nothing like fresh green beans from the garden! The green bean and potato salad looks delicious. Tasty, vibrant and eye-catching lens! Love it

Andy-Po on September 07, 2010:

Sounds tasty (and healthy too)

TopMovieSoundtr on August 13, 2010:

Well deserved. Love the personal story.

LoKackl on August 12, 2010:

Extremely creative, yummy garden fresh green bean page. Blessed by a squid angel.

WhiteOak50 on August 12, 2010:

Congratulations on the purple star Sandy!! Yum, green beans!!

anonymous on August 11, 2010:

I love green beans. Never seen any purple green beans.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on August 11, 2010:

Congratulations on your Purple Star. Fresh Green Beans are so tasty! :)

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on August 11, 2010:

Mmm I love green beans, especially freshly picked ones! I think your green bean potato salad recipe is the one I've just got to try.

anonymous on August 11, 2010:

I love this! Great job! The green bean heads are too funny! Congrats on the Purple Star!

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on August 05, 2010:

Some great recipes here. I keep thinking about those green bean heads. I'll have to search for them in my garden. I planted my beans late this year, so they haven't "beaned" yet. Will I recognize any of my pals when they do? Will I see my own face there? Ahhhhhh!

BarryKrost on August 04, 2010:

Can't wait to try the green bean and potato recipe.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 03, 2010:

I love the Farmers Market. I am always grateful to the people who share their fruits and vegetables. I hate that you were not able to participate, but it is awesome that you all had your garden. Personally, I love Green Beans and Potatoes together. If I add carrots, I feel like it is the perfect meal.

VSP on August 02, 2010:

Mmmm, green beans, lots of yummy looking recipes.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on August 02, 2010:

I love all salads so I don't actually have a favorite. Your potato and green bean salad looks tasty, Sandy.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 01, 2010:

This is such a beautiful lens and your Garden Fresh Green Bean Salad Recipes sound delicious. I just saw that John Dilbeck said that Blairsville GA was having their Green Bean Festival this weekend.

Lou165 from Australia on July 31, 2010:

The picture of the green beans and tomatoes looks good enough to eat and makes me want some now! I think my favorite recipe here would have to be the green bean potato salad, although I'd throw in a little diced bacon as well :)

Canela Ajena from Houston on July 31, 2010:

I am a big fan of the greenbean heads and I love this lens. It is so colorful and tasty.

WhiteOak50 on July 31, 2010:

Your recipes look good... yum!

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on July 31, 2010:

I love fresh green beans! Great recipes.

Leanne Chesser on July 31, 2010:

Green beans are one of my favorite veggies (although I love all veggies!) and they're awesome in salad.

Beth Webster-Duerr from Henrietta, New York on July 31, 2010:

Your green recipes sound delish! Who would have thought green beans were so photogenic? :D Thanks for sharing. Lensrolling to Grilled Chicken Salad and Sweet Tea.

Lisa from Rhode Island on July 30, 2010:

the images are so fun great products i love how you did this recipe lens!!!!!

Lynne Schroeder from Blue Mountains Australia on July 30, 2010:

Love green beans

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on July 30, 2010:

Sandy, these recipes look really tasty. And so do all those veggie pictures on your Zazzle products.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on July 30, 2010:

Nicely done Sandy. I love your new posters. Makes me hungry for a garden fresh green bean salad!

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on July 30, 2010:

Way cool lens Sandy. Love the pictures, love the recipe, love the way you used the profile/widget area to display Zazzle products, very cool.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 30, 2010:

Mmm. Love green beans. Love the pictures!

clouda9 lm on July 30, 2010:

Very yummy indeed...I will have to try the green bean and potato salad!

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