Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Green Apple and Cider Dressing

This is a refreshing salad with some bite from Rach’s friend Adam Perry Lang.

For a smoky variation, the red onion can be substituted with peeled cipollini onions that have been barbecued in loosely wrapped foil for an hour or more.


  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch matchsticks
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives


In a blender, combine the cider vinegar with the shallot, mustard, salt and puree. With the machine on, gradually add the EVOO until blended, then mix in the boiling water.

In a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook the green beans until barely tender, about four minutes. Drain the beans and spread them out on a paper towel-lined baking sheet; let cool.

In a large bowl, toss the green beans with the tomatoes, apple, onion, parsley and chives. Add the dressing, toss well and serve.

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