green bean and tomato salad

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are you looking for a tasty summer main course salad?  here is one that i found in everyday food by Martha Stewart.  i recently made this salad and took it to a community gardening work party and potluck dinner.

this salad has a nice presentation and can be made an hour or so in advance of serving.  it will be perfect for summer barbecues and other salad suppers.

to make the salad:  cook the green beans in boiling salted water until crisp and tender, about four minutes.  then, drain and rinse the green beans under cool water to stop the cooking process.

meanwhile, in another bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons oil.  stir in one pint of cherry tomatoes, which have been halved.

next, stir in 1/4 small diced red onion, and lemon zest to taste.  add about 1/2 cup feta cheese or more to taste, chopped fresh parsley, and one can of rinsed and drained chick peas.  stir all to combine well.  season with salt and pepper to taste.

arrange the green beans on a serving platter and top with the tomato mixture.  chill and serve.

for a nice variety, choose different types of tomatoes. these will add color and interest to the salad.

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