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Grilled Lemon, Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Pacific Rim Ginger Sauce

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Why should you grill green beans? That was the question in one of the latest Kitchen Daily newsletters I am currently receiving. I read that tagline- held a moment of silence- and then answered to myself- and loudly might I add- with a voice of defiance-GOOD QUESTION! You see growing up shucking beans you didn’t have to think twice on what to do with them. You only had 3 options: Boil, Steam or Bake. All these years never once have I thought about grilling them. You would be surprised at the delicious char the grill gives the beans and how quickly it takes.

That is until now. With this fiery magical Pacific Rim Ginger sauce from Saucy Mama at my side I decided one Saturday evening that the best use of my time while the man was busy grilling the meat would be to get out my trusty grill pan and get going inside with Grilling my beans! Each component is a star in itself but the Pacific Rim Ginger sauce with its robust Asian inspired flavors and hint of ginger makes it the perfect backdrop for vegetables and perfect is exactly what it was with my grilled green beans.

Even though it is technically August the heat is still on and there is no better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing summer salad. This salad isn’t about the lettuce but rather the beans! Green Beans! Crisp garlicky green beans sauteed with cherry tomatoes, lemon wedges, sliced potatoes and yes oh yes- BACON! Top it all off with the bold flavors of the Pacific Rim Ginger sauce and you have one crazy salad that screams summer. It is Smoky, Earthy and Sweet and the best part of all is each component can actually be done ahead of time and thrown together at the last minute. Now don’t we all love last minute meals!

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Grilled Lemon, Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Pacific Rim Ginger Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ lb. fresh green beans
  • 8 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅛ cup of Saucy Mama Pacific Rim Ginger Sauce
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper each
  • 3 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges (seeds removed)
  • 1 cup of baby or new potatoes cooked, cut in half (or can use regular baking potatoes if you prefer but just cut it into large chunks)
  • 3 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat a cast-iron grill pan. In a medium bowl, toss the green beans with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred, 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a saute pan with the remaining 2 TBSP of oil. Toss in the tomatoes, potatoes, lemons and garlic. Cook over medium to low heat for 8-10 minutes until nice and tender. Remove from heat. Transfer to a large glass bowl and combine the grilled beans with the tomatoes, lemons and potatoes. Toss with the Pacific Rim Ginger Sauce and sprinkle the crumbled bacon all over the top.

33 Comments

  1. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    The grilled lemons really intrigue me! This looks wonderful, and we have green beans coming off the vines like crazy in the garden.

    07 . Aug . 2013
  2. val

    I perfect Summer meal. In every way.

    07 . Aug . 2013
    • kbelleicious

      thanks VAL!

      28 . Aug . 2013
  3. Bonnie

    When I was growing up, the only option for preparing green beans was to boil them for a very, very long time. Even though they were good (probably not very nutritious after cooking for an hour or more), I never prepare them that way myself. This salad and dressing sounds so delicious!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

    07 . Aug . 2013
    • kbelleicious

      that is exactly what we used to do too bonnie! Although I grew up that way grilling them brings out the most flavor. Just wish I would have been doing it this way all along!

      28 . Aug . 2013
  4. Pure Complex

    The greens and the ginger sauce is making me hungry for dinner right now lol. I wish I could leave work. I love this recipe

    07 . Aug . 2013
  5. yummychunklet

    A deliciously fresh looking salad!

    07 . Aug . 2013
  6. 2 Sisters Recipes

    Wow, I love all the ingredients and flavors mixed together and especially the bacon! Yum!

    07 . Aug . 2013
    • kbelleicious

      the bacon and the ginger flavor go so well together

      28 . Aug . 2013
  7. Liz

    Oh, boy, what a marvelous side dish! In fact, I’d be happy with a huge bowl for dinner!

    07 . Aug . 2013
  8. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Okay I will be making this soon!

    07 . Aug . 2013
  9. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Mouth watering Belle! I reckon i could get my hubby to eat green beans if I made them in this fabulous salad.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    08 . Aug . 2013
    • kbelleicious

      Oh I betcha he wouldn’t just eat them but beg for more:) LOL!

      28 . Aug . 2013
  10. Joanne

    I could DRINK this stir fry it sounds so good! Love the sound of that dressing especially…I’m all about the ginger love!

    08 . Aug . 2013
  11. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    What great flavor combinations. Love, love, love salads. I could eat beans just about every day, but I’m a southerner and that probably explains my love of beans.
    Sam

    08 . Aug . 2013
  12. Bree (Skinny Mommy)

    Looks delish! I have a potato and green bean dish on the docket for tonight. We must be on the same page! 🙂

    08 . Aug . 2013
  13. nancy at good food matters

    beautiful combination of summer colors and textures. this is how I like to eat during these hot months–the big salad.healthy and satisfying!

    08 . Aug . 2013
  14. Balvinder

    I can have this for dinner tonight. Love that rum ginger sauce dressing.

    08 . Aug . 2013
  15. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Hey girl! You know what? I have never grilled green beans. I’ve only blanched, boiled and sautéed them, but I think grilling them is up next. I love it when veggies get all charred and crispy on the outside. I also love that you used the beans as the base to this salad. Cherry tomatoes and garlic just add to the flavor of the salad! Yum! xoxo, Jackie

    08 . Aug . 2013
  16. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’ve grilled asparagus but never beans. I’m definitely giving this salad a go. Spring is nearly here in northern Australia and it will soon be salad time every day.

    11 . Aug . 2013
  17. Liz

    What a marvelous summer salad! Love the grilled beans and the bacon and delicious dressing makes for an amazing flavor combination 🙂

    11 . Aug . 2013
  18. Liz

    Yikes, I think my sentence above needs some punctuation or at least some editing :/

    11 . Aug . 2013
  19. Torrie @ a place to share...

    green beans w tomatoes & bacon… on our thanksgiving table each and every year! (one of my mom’s dishes:))

    12 . Aug . 2013
  20. Kristy

    I never would have thought about grilling green beans. I bet had I been served them this way at the onset, I might have grown to like them more than I do now. Perhaps I’ll have to give the old greens another shot. 🙂

    12 . Aug . 2013
  21. Eva

    I hadn’t thought of grilling green beans either, what a great idea! Our weather feels more like late September not at all the heat of August that it should be!

    13 . Aug . 2013
  22. Helene @LaCuisineHelene

    I am craving this right now, love green beans when in season.

    15 . Aug . 2013
  23. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    This sounds like a tasty dish using some of summer’s abundant vegetables.

    15 . Aug . 2013
  24. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    You know I’ve never grilled a green bean either!

    15 . Aug . 2013
  25. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Grilled beans looks absolutely delicious 🙂

    19 . Aug . 2013
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