Layered Bean and Feta Salad Jars

beansaladjarThis has been a busy summer- 4 kids home from school, the youngest with a broken leg and now physical therapy to learn to walk again, my garden, housework, baking……. the list goes on and on. Some days I don’t think I even sit until bedtime. I think this has been evident with the fewer posts I have been able to get up. Lots has been going on in my kitchen, I just haven’t had time to share it! Well, here is a recipe I have been grateful for during these busy days. These layered bean jars can be made ahead of time and are ready to go for a quick snack or side dish. They have even been my lunch on several occasions. I usually make up a bunch and keep them in the fridge for the week. Even my older kids love them. 

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They are pretty, simple and the only cooking involved is the green beans. You can layer them however you want or even change up the ingredients. Don’t like red onions then use green or skip them all together. They look really pretty with both yellow and green beans, but use what you have, all green or all yellow would work great too. To top it off they are super healthy and full of fiber and protein. You really can’t go wrong. I always make them in the jars because I think it’s cute and I like the single serving size but I am sure you could layer it in a bowl if you wish.  I like to use this homemade italian dressing but you can use your own recipe or store bought for added convenience.

 

Layered Bean and Feta Salad Jars
Recipe for 12 jars- can easily be halved for 6 jars
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 pound of green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  2. 1/2 pound of yellow beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces (can use additional green beans instead)
  3. 1 can (15 or 16 oz) of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  4. 2 to 2 1/2 cups of grape tomatoes, halved
  5. 1 cup of finely chopped red onions
  6. 1 can (15 or 16 oz) of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  7. 1 cup (4 oz) feta cheese
  8. 1/2 cup of Italian dressing (homemade or store bought)
  9. 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil or parsley
Instructions
  1. Cook green and yellow beans in boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp tender. If you want to keep them separate for the layers boil them in 2 different pans or in the same pan at separate times- I just boil them at the same time and then separate. Drain and rinse in cold water, allow to drain again.
  2. In 12 half pint (8oz) canning jars; Layer the kidney beans, yellow beans, tomatoes, onions, green beans, chickpeas and feta.
  3. Mix the Italian dressing and chopped basil or parsley in another jar with lid. If serving right away, shake dressing and drizzle over jars. Or reserve dressing and drizzle before serving.
Notes
  1. I keep this in the fridge for the week for a quick lunch or snack.
Adapted from Kraft Food and Family Magazine Summer '14
Adapted from Kraft Food and Family Magazine Summer '14
Amy Kay's Kitchen http://www.amykayskitchen.com/

2 Responses to Layered Bean and Feta Salad Jars

  1. Thank you for this recipe! I just had it for lunch. I love anything packed with protein (which helps balance out my blood sugar–I’m not not diabetic, just helps with cravings, energy, etc). I wish I’d had it earlier this year when I had so many fresh green beans but I do still have the red onions, basil and tomatoes from my garden. I make the beans/chickpeas from dried for better flavor & health. I made your homemade Italian dressing, too: I also only use high-quality olive oils (not from the grocery store) for better flavor and health as well. Have you ever tried it with fresh garlic? I’d like to try to throw in the benefits from that, too but curious if it still lasts for days that way. Thanks again. This recipe has everything!

    • I’m glad you liked it. I found this to be a great lunch/snack all summer. I’m sure you could use some good frozen green beans in it too if you wanted. I’m sure it wouldn’t be as great as fresh but probably still good. I have made the dressing with fresh garlic and it is good but I tend to use the powder to make it quicker and I do feel like it lasts longer that way. If you made it with fresh garlic, it may not last as long but I believe it would last at least for a few days in the refrigerator.

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