Other People’s Food (5): Green Beans and An Oil-free Salad Dressing

Green Beans in Pot

A bit of a cheater post, this.  The beautiful green (and purple and yellow) beans came from a neighbor’s garden – have I told you about Bountiful, Utah yet?  Everything grows like mad here. Could be why it’s called Bountiful.  Maybe?  Anyway, the beans came from a garden just up the road and the no-oil salad dressing recipe came from the Divine Ms. B at The Veg Bar (who I wish was just up the road; I’d love to hang out with her).

This is true: I read Bar’s post, looked through the recipe and immediately shut down the computer and went into the kitchen to make it.  Within a couple of minutes I had a lovely little jar full of tangy, herby dressing*.  I had no plans for how I was going to use it until this gigantic bag of colorful beans arrived.  Lightly steamed beans and zucchini – and cherry tomatoes (also from the aforementioned garden) that I tossed in at the last minute – topped with Bar’s easy, no-oil dressing.  A quick and summery side dish or main course if the heat has you craving only salads.

Basil No-Oil Dressing

*Minor tweaks: subbed unsweetened coconut yogurt for silken tofu because I didn’t have any; used Thai basil since that’s what I had on hand; omitted the agave nectar because I felt the coconut yogurt was still sweet enough to compensate and threw in a splash of Bragg Liquid Aminos. Toasted walnuts would go very nicely scattered over the top of this bean salad.

26 thoughts on “Other People’s Food (5): Green Beans and An Oil-free Salad Dressing

  1. bar

    Love the changes you made! I wish I lived up the street, too! If I’m ever road-tripping, I’m popping in on you. You’re the best – I’m already getting way more hits than normal today ;). Haha.

  2. Brittany

    Yuum yum yum. I just purchased some mixed green beans for my weekend!! NOT at all the same as fresh from a garden, but I haven’t had them in a while so I am excited! If only I had some of your dressing!

  3. veganmonologue

    hee hee….welcome to the “other people’s” food club…of which I am a longtime member. Very few original recipe ideas in this head here! Those beans look so delicious I can hardly stand it.

  4. Shira

    That dressing sounds amazing, and I am a big fan of garden fresh beans (well anything green from the garden) – yummy Annie! Great dinner inspiration 🙂 So simple!

  5. Somer

    Those beans are gorgeous! I want neighbors like that! I need to go to Amanda’s garden half an hour away if I want to score fresh goods 😉

    Loving another oil free dressing recipe! You can never have too many!

  6. thecrueltyfreereview

    Ooh, I like the sound of this dressing! thanks for sharing!
    As for where the name Bountiful came from, you’re half right. It’s also the name of a city in the Book of Mormon and most of the original settlers were members of the Latter-Day Saints.

  7. * Vegan Sparkles *

    Oh wow, garlic + ginger + basil + lemon – that’s gotta make ANY veggies taste divine! I’ve never tried an oil-free dressing before so thank you for passing on the recipe. I can’t wait to get it onto my salad!


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