Tomato, Green Bean & Grains Salad

July 27, 2017






You know that feeling in the summer when it's just too damn hot to eat any food that's remotely warm? And you'd rather just not eat than shove another piece of lettuce in your mouth? Yeah, same. Well, here is the perfect summer salad that's both refreshing and lettuce-free! It gets even better...there are only 6 ingredients! It is also great to make ahead of time because it’s served cold and can be kept in the fridge.


My friend posted a picture of this dish on Snapchat and I messaged her right away for the recipe because it looked so freakin’ good. The recipe she sent was from Martha Stewart’s meal service, Martha & Marley Spoon. I adapted it a bit by switching the grains & using different colored tomatoes, but ultimately have to give credit to Martha for this one. I used both yellow and red tomatoes, but if you have just one color - that’s totally fine! 


Happy cooking. :)






1 box quinoa/brown rice blend

3 tomatoes (I used 2 red and 1 yellow)

1 lb. green beans

Small bunch of parsley 

Salt and pepper, to taste



1/2 shallot, finely chopped

3 tbsp olive oil

Juice from one whole lemon (about 2-3 tbsp)

Salt and pepper, to taste



  1. Cook quinoa/brown rice blend according to directions on box.

  2. Trim ends off green beans and steam for 4-5 minutes. You still want them to have some crunch.

  3. While grain blend and green beans are cooking, slice tomatoes into wedges. An easy way to do this is to slice the tomato in half and then cut wedges from there. 

  4. Let grains and green beans cool. While they are cooling, mix shallot, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper for dressing.

  5. Once cool, mix grains and green beans, and 3/4 of the dressing in a large bowl. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

  6. Arrange tomatoes in a circle on top of the grain and green bean mixture.

  7. Drizzle with remaining dressing and top with parsley. 

  8. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for best flavor.


Let us know if you try this recipe, what you think, and if you have any other suggestions!



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