A Very Vegetarian Christmas ~ Green Bean Salad with Basil, Parmesan, Shallots, and Balsamic

by CSweeney on March 21, 2014

in Christmas,Christmas Meal,Food,Holiday Entertaining,Holiday Recipes

Hello, and welcome back to Merry Stockings blog where we talk all year long about all things Christmas! Some people ask me if it’s difficult to write about Christmas throughout the whole year, and really, it’s not hard at all. I love everything there is about Christmas and all the festivities and cheer that go along with it. And, besides, there’s sooo much to talk about!

We’ve been unpacking our very vegetarian Christmas meal now for a couple of weeks, and we’re not even at the main course yet! Like I said, there is SO much to share, it’s easy to get carried away. And, if you happen to be reading this in the “off” season (I know, no such thing) then you are tucking all these ideas away in the your Christmas notebook for future use. If you happen to be reading this during the Christmas holiday season, well, this is for you too! As we say in our house, it’s never too early or late to start planning for Christmas!

green bean saladWe continue today into the vegetable sides portion of our vegetarian Christmas meal. Growing up the big traditional veggie dish was the green bean casserole. Oftentimes that has bacon in it, but today’s entry will have you forgetting all about your mama’s green bean casserole. And, you’re gonna love it.

When I was just out of college, my idea of eating a vegetable like cauliflower was to bread it, deep fry it and then smother it in cheese sauce. Hey, I was eating cauliflower, right?! Well, my taste buds have grown up, and I must say, there is not a thing I can think of that parmesan cheese does not improve upon.  And, this goes for green beans, too. Considered a staple vegetable on most American tables, it can stand a little sprucing up, no?

Well, sprucing up we will do then! Close your eyes and imagine crispy cooked brilliantly green green beans tossed in a light sauce that includes shallots, basil, olive oil and parmesan cheese. It is utterly divine. Now, open your eyes and go here for the recipe. You will not be sorry, promise.

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