posted by Kalyn Denny on November 18, 2020
This Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese, Cranberries, and Pecans can be made ahead for a delicious addition to the holiday table!
There’s a lot to love about this Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese, Cranberries, and Pecans! Not only is it Thanksgiving-dinner-worthy in the flavor department, but you can cook the beans and marinate them in the dressing, and toast the pecans, crumble the blue cheese and measure the cranberries all in advance, so when it’s turkey dinner time all you need to do is toss the salad together. The salad is great at room temperature too, so you don’t even need much fridge space.
I’m considering this a Thanksgiving salad because the dried cranberries are definitely a bit of a splurge if you’re watching your carbs. You can certainly reduce the amount of cranberries or leave those out completely for a low-carb version of this tasty holiday salad. You could also use dried cranberries without added sugar (affiliate link) which will reduce the carbs in the finished salad. Or check out Ten Low-Carb Winter Salads for Holiday Dinners for other Thanksgiving salads you might enjoy!
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I was pleasantly surprised that the salad was still quite delicious even after it had been in the fridge overnight, and the two times I’ve made this (so far!) I happily ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.
Recipe adapted from Haricots Verts Salad with Pecans and Blue Cheese at Fine Cooking.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 426mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 6gSugar: 20gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
I doubled the amount of beans in proportion to other ingredients in this Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese, Cranberries, and Pecans to make a more carb-conscious salad, but even with that change, the dried cranberries and high-fat blue cheese still make this best for Phase 3 of the original South Beach Diet, or a “once-in-a-while treat” for phase 2, to eat on a special occasion like Thanksgiving. If you want the salad to be lower in carbs, go easy on the dried cranberries, or if you skip those this should be a good salad for most low-carb diet plans.
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