Greek green warm beans salata/salad is comfort food of the lighter variety. Low in carbs but high on taste this warm bean salad takes me straight to the glorious Greek islands with each bite of this Mediterranean feast.
Salads come in all shapes and sizes from the traditional hearty Greek salad of tomatoes, peppers, onions and olives to the lightest crisp fresh green salads so minimal but refreshing.
This green bean salad (or salata is it is called in Greece) is on the heartier side of the salad table and is served warm.
The Greeks love their vegetables and it is no wonder when you see how many varieties are grown there.
Here in Crete vast swathes of the island are covered in massive green houses that protect the valuable vegetable crops from the sun in summer and keep them warm in winter.
Vegetables are served with every meal be it in salads (salatas) or roasted, braised or sauteed.
You can very soon find yourself almost giving up meat entirely unless popping out for a meal.
I tend to live mostly on veggies over here as I just adore the freshness and flavour and have learned all sorts of flavour combinations and ways of cooking them to get the very best out of them.
Ingredients for green bean salata
This simple bean salad has few other ingredients.
Just carrot, potato, garlic, tomatoes and onion and the magical touch of cinnamon and honey that makes it all come together so beautifully and makes all those healthy flavours sing on the plate.
I have used Italian Roma beans in this salad. They are the flat sort of green beans with a god sweet flavour and a bit of nuttiness about them. You can use any type of green beans for this warm salad recipe.
Anything from French fillet beans (haricorts verts) to string beans or runner beans. Whatever you fancy really.
I love this just as a lunch or light supper dish on its own but it would be perfect alongside a roast chicken or baked ham for the perfect Sunday lunch instead of your usual peas and carrots etc.
I love these warm salads. In winter when you still crave greens and salads but can’t face a plate of cold food the warm salad (like this green bean salata) comes into it’s own. You get all the greens and salad bits you want without losing the warmth of winter food.
Also, warm salads really pack in the flavour of their ingredients as the cooking brings out all their goodness.
How to serve this green bean salata
Here it is served simply and in true Greek style, just green beans at their best.
These Greek style green beans make a great light lunch or as part of the traditional Greek style mezze starter with a main meal.
They are also good as a side dish with roasted or grilled meats as part of a main course.
Or just serve them as a main dish for your meat free Mondays!
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Greek warm green beans salata/salad
- 500 g green beans
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 carrot sliced
- 1 potato finely diced
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tbsp parsley chopped
- 2 tomatoes cored and chopped
- 1 tsp honey runny honey
- pinch cinnamon
- salt & pepper
- Saute the beans in 2 tbsp of the olive oil for 5 minutes and then add the onion and cook till is just turning golden, add the garlic for 2 minutes
- Add the potato, carrot, parsley, honey, cinamon and seasoning along with the chopped tomatoes
- Cover with water and bring to the boil and then lower the temperature and simmer till most of the water has evaporated.
- Stir in the remaining oil
- Serve warm.