Green Bean and Snow Pea Salad + Giveaway!

As snow pea season draws to an end and green beans of all colors begin to make an appearance, this salad threw itself together and landed on my table.  I had a huge bag of snow peas waiting in the fridge, and while I spend hours picking them at my work, I just never know what to with the edible pods.  As easy as it is for me to skim over them on the bushes, for me, they often camouflage right into the dishes they’re used in too. I like snow peas, but they never tend to be my favorite part of the stir fry.  Since I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to cook with anymore this season, this time I decided to let the snow peas I had be one of the stars, pairing them with no other components except green beans.

I just picked up one of my first batches of green beans.  That’s one vegetable that’s always been a star in my diet.  It’s weird to think about now, but growing up I absolutely loathed broccoli, and like most kids, greens weren’t my favorite dinner item either.  But green beans, I could never get enough of.  To this day, they’re still one of my favorites, although broccoli and kale have climbed their way up the list too.

Anyways, I wasn’t sure about modifying my favorite green bean steam with snow peas, but it turns out that snow peas and green beans were made for each other. The  individual flavors of each vegetable distinctly stand out in this dish, and the dressing is kept on the light side to help enhance this distinction.  The green beans have a faint sweetness that works well with the more earthy tones of the snow peas.  I like my snow peas a little more on the tender side, so I cook them here until they’ve reached that point.  If you like them crunchy, as typically prepared in stir-fry, check in on them a little on the early side.

Today, I’m also hosting a giveaway from Stonyfield.  Enter to win coupons for FREE Stonyfield Organic Chocolate Dipped Frozen Yogurt Bars in addition to one FREE bottle of Uncle Matt’s Organic Juice.  Here’s how you enter.

How to enter: (Leave a separate comment per entry.)
This contest closes on **Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. EST** and is open to USA visitors only.

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me what’s your favorite summer treat
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Green Bean and Snow Pea Salad + Giveaway!

Yield: Serves 5-6, as a side


  • -1 lb. green beans, trimmed
  • -3/4 lb. snow peas, trimmed
  • -2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • -1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • -1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • -1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • -1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • -Salt, optional


  1. Place steamer basket in large pot over boiling water. Steam green beans for 5 minutes. Add snow peas, and steam additional 2 minutes. Drain, and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, pepper, and mustard. Toss in green beans, peas, and onions. Add pinch of salt, if needed. Serve.

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    July 14, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I’m much more of a sugar snap pea girl than a snow pea girl, but in a salad like this I think I’d be pretty content to devour them!

    Awesome giveaway! My favorite summer treat is just to sit around eating a bag full of cherries. So. Good.

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    The Candid RD
    July 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Once again, GREAT recipe! I have so many of your recipes on my “to-make” list 🙂

    My favorite summer treat is ice cream, of any kind. I make keylime ice cream recently and it was awesome.

    I tweeted your giveaway, and liked you on Facebook!

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    July 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Ah, beautiful, fragrant and hearty green beans – I never seem to tire of them! I like them here in their simple form with the red onion and a I light vinaigrette – lovely!

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    July 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    My summer favorite treat is homeade popsicles and fresh fruit..

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    July 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    fresh fruit w/ ice cream and granola on top

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    July 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Fresh fruit pops!

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    Amanda N
    July 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Ice Cream! I know it’s not the healthiest for you but every now and then the real good stuff just hits the spot.

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    Katie M
    July 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Super ripe peaches are my favorite summer treat.

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    Katie M
    July 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I am a fan of F-F-F on Facebook.

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    Katie M
    July 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I follow you on Twitter (@carrotrunr).

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    July 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Ice cream!

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    July 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Favorite summer treat: watermelon. Lots and lots (and lots!) of watermelon.

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    July 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Like you on Facebook 🙂

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    July 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Favorite summer treat…frozen grapes!

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