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


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


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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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

Nutrition Facts

127 calories; fat 8.9g; saturated fat 3.5g; mono fat 4.5g; poly fat 0.6g; protein 5g; carbohydrates 7g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 9mg; iron 1mg; sodium 117mg; calcium 58mg.