There are some recipes I've been making for as long as I've been married (almost 24 years). I'm not sure that this one has been in rotation for quite that long but it has been a standby for a good long time. I got the original recipe from one of those old Junior League cookbooks - this one was "Savor the Flavor of Oregon." I'll admit that anymore, I don't really follow the recipe. I just throw it together using amounts that work. These green beans were from our CSA last week and were the best green beans I've ever tasted - straight out of the steamer they were crisp and flavorful and just wonderful.
Green Bean, Walnut and Feta Salad
1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
1 cup red onion slices
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Steam green beans until crisp tender and still bright green. Chill.
Chop mint leaves and add to the green beans.
For dressing: combine oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic. Add walnuts, red onion and feta cheese to beans. Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.
For a lower fat option I often will skip making the dressing and just spray the beans with olive oil and sprinkle on some white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Then just use whatever amount of walnuts and feta suits you. The dressing is really good but the nuts and cheese give it plenty of flavor so it's safe to go with the lighter version as well.