Wax Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing



  • 12 ounces cherry or pear tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small shallot, very thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 fresh Thai chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces wax beans, trimmed
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 12 fresh basil leaves


1. Season tomatoes and shallot with salt. Toss with chile, vinegar and 1/4 cup oil. Let stand for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Boil wax beans until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, transfer to ice water and let cool to room temperature. Drain again. Cut beans into 2-inch lengths at an angle.

3. Combine goat cheese, lime juice, remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, 2 Tbsp. water and a pinch of salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Toss with beans until well coated.

4. Place wax beans in 6 serving dishes. Transfer tomato mixture with a little marinade to beans. Season salad with black pepper, tear basil leaves on top and serve.

  • Yield: Makes: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups salad)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 127
Fat per serving: 8.9g
Saturated fat per serving: 3.5g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 4.5g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.6g
Protein per serving: 5g
Carbohydrate per serving: 7g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 9mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 117mg
Calcium per serving: 58mg

Good to Know

This filling, low-cal, low-carb salad is coated with a gooey, yet refreshing, dressing of goat cheese (a low-fat cheese option), lime juice, water, and salt. Enjoy one cup of salad for just over 100 calories. Can't find wax beans? Simply sub in thin green beans.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten Recipe adapted with permission from the publisher, Clarkson Potter, from Home Cooking With Jean-Georges by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Genevieve Ko. Copyright 2011.