Festive Christmas Salad | Healthy Home Economist


Vibrant green and red “Christmas” salad featuring parboiled green beans, feta, tomatoes, herbs, and healthy dressing for a unique flavor and texture experience.

green bean and tomato "Christmas" salad in glass bowl on holiday tablecloth

I made a new dish for a Holiday party last weekend which I’m now calling my “Christmas salad”. The vibrant green and red color with a wreath-like appearance in a large bowl struck me as quite festive!

It’s made with parboiled green beans, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and an easy, freshly blended dressing.

I first tasted this dish at my niece’s wedding shower last summer. The unique flavor and slightly crunchy texture were delightful and quite unlike typical salad fare.

My Niece-in-law, who was hosting the shower, shared the recipe with me, which she originally found on Pinterest.

My slightly tweaked variation below makes a large bowl that is great to take to a party or potluck but can easily be halved for family meals.

As leftovers, it goes fabulously well as a side dish for wild salmon fillet.

Below is a picture of all the ingredients prepped and ready to toss together.

green bean, tomato and feta salad ingredients prepped on granite counter
green bean and tomato Christmas salad in glass bowl

Christmas Salad

Vibrant green and red salad featuring parboiled green beans, feta, tomatoes, herbs, and healthy dressing for a unique flavor experience.


  • 2
    green beans
  • 1
    feta cheese
  • 1
    red cherry tomatoes
    cut in half
  • 1/2
    fresh basil
    finely chopped
  • 1/4
    Italian parsley leaves
    finely chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of filtered water to a rolling boil.

  2. Add green beans and parboil uncovered for 4 minutes.

  3. Promptly strain off water from the green beans and quickly add fresh filtered water to cover and 12 large cubes of ice to halt the cooking process.

  4. While the green beans are sitting in the ice bath, halve the tomatoes, cube the feta, and chop the basil & parsley. Set aside.

  5. Squeeze the lemons and blend the fresh juice with olive oil, dried oregano, and garlic powder. Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Pat green beans dry with a cotton towel and place in a large glass bowl.

  7. Arrange the halved tomatoes, feta, chopped basil, and parsley evenly across the top of the green beans and drizzle the dressing over the top.

  8. Toss the salad gently with tongs to evenly distribute the vegetables, herbs, and dressing.

  9. Cover with green food wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  10. Refrigerated salad lasts for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Christmas Salad

Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)

Calories 90
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 2g10%

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Cholesterol 8mg3%

Sodium 104mg4%

Potassium 109mg3%

Carbohydrates 6g2%

Fiber 2g8%

Protein 3g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

green bean, tomato and feta Christmas salad in a bowl


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