day 28: salad for lunch with haricot verts, avocado, tomato + hearts of palm

I don’t know about you, but I love a light lunch and I get bored with the typical salad. Who says salads have to be just a variety of lettuces and typical veggies on hand? No one, that’s who!

Earlier this month, I showed you how to make asparagus pop cold. Let’s take that same concept and put it to good use with french green beans. They’re hearty, healthy and pack a hefty punch of crunch. Add some creamy avocado, grape tomatoes and an everyday vinaigrette … sounds like lunch to me.

Easy, refreshing french green bean salad with hearts of palm

Easy, refreshing french green bean salad with hearts of palm

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of haricot verts, quick boiled in salted water and cooled in a salted ice-bath, then drained
  • 14 oz hearts of palm, sliced
  • a handful of grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 just ripened avocado diced
  • a handful of fresh thyme, picked, stemmed and rough chopped
  • 3 green onions, tops and bodies sliced thinly
  • 4 tbsp quality apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 tbsp olive oil

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine haricot verts, hearts of palm, grape tomatoes and onions. Then set aside
  2. Make the dressing. Combine thyme, salt, pepper, vinegar, brown sugar and mustard
  3. Slowly whisk in olive oil until well combined
  4. Toss and top with avocado, salt & pepper
  5. Enjoy!