Green Beans and Carrot Salad-Italian Style!

Getting tired of just eating leafy green salads?  Then try a refreshing veggies salad, like our Green Beans and Carrot Salad – Italian Style as an alternative What better way to serve family and friends something different from the usual baked beans and corn as a side dish?

A white ceramic bowl filled with cooked green beans and carrot sticks as a salad.

Green Beans and Carrot Salad – Italian Style! 

Our Green Beans and Carrot Salad is easily made with steamed fresh green beans and tender carrots and tossed with some fresh garlic and sweet apple cider vinaigrette. A very tasty and low-calorie recipe, and one you can enjoy making all year long!  For more delicious salads, try our Potato and Green Bean Salad, and String Beans and Chickpeas Salad. And, don’t miss our mom’s delicious recipe for Maria’s Best Carrot Salad.

Great tips about this salad:

  • Fresh garlic is the secret ingredient that gives a depth of flavor to these vegetables.  And it will keep everyone guessing what’s in this salad.  So don’t leave it out.
  • The flavors in this salad are amazing!  It is even better if you chill it overnight and allow the cider-garlic vinaigrette to marinate the carrots and green beans.
  • Taste it before serving! And adjust the seasonings, as needed.
  • Remember, some of the vinaigrette will get absorbed while marinating. Therefore, taste it and see if you think you need to add additional olive oil and vinegar.
  • Also, try adding or mixing other vegetables to this salad as well.
  • You can add more or less vinaigrette to your liking!
  • Don’t miss Blanching and Steaming Vegetables.

We grew up with this salad.  And as kids, we hated vegetables, but we had no choice when dinner came around.  And our mom had an incredible way of getting the family to eat as many vegetables as possible. 

Nowadays, we appreciate these dishes and make them for our families as well.

Ingredients you will need:

  • Fresh Carrots
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper

How to make this salad?

Let’s discuss how to make this easy salad. Once you boil the carrots and steam the green beans to an al-dente texture, the rest is easy. Don’t forget our Recipe Card with full ingredients and directions is located on the bottom.

  1. Cook the Carrots: Prep the carrots. Peel and cut the carrots into sticks, about 2-inches in length. Boil them until they are al-dente. Then drain.
  2. Steam the Green Beans: Break off the the stems from the green beans, then give them a quick boil and steam until they are al-dente. Drain.
  3. Make The Dressing: Prepare the dressing, assemble the vegetables in a mixing bowl and toss to coat them. Chill before serving.

 A platter filled with a mixture of green beans and carrots. -Italian Style! by

A healthy and delightful salad…

Green Beans and Carrot Salad is a perfect salad to serve as a side dish with any meat or fish entrée.  You can try making this salad using rainbow carrots for additional color and flavor. 


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Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Green Beans and Carrot Salad-Italian Style!

A white ceramic bowl filled with cooked green beans and carrot sticks as a salad.

Green Beans and Carrot Salad- Italian Style is easy, fresh and healthy! A simple side dish that is easily made with steamed fresh green beans and tender carrots and tossed with some fresh garlic and a simple sweet apple cider vinaigrette.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 pound fresh green beans or french green beans, rinsed
  • 2 to 3 large garlic cloves - diced
  • 1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra
  • 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, plus extra
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • generous pinch of dried oregano


  1. Peel and cut carrots into a rectangular shape, about 2 inches in length. Place them into a medium-size pot and fill with water enough to cover the carrots. Bring to a boil and add some salt. Cover and boil for 3 minutes, or until they are tender when you poke a fork through them and to the bite. Do not over boil them, or you will get mushy carrots.
  2. Drain, and run them under cold water for about 1 minute to stop the cooking. Set aside and allow them to cool completely.
  3. Cut most of the green beans in half (especially ones that are longer than 3 inches in length). Using the same pot used for the carrots, place green beans with 1/2 inch of water on the bottom. Add some salt and cover with a lid. Bring water to a low boil for 2 minutes, until they turn a dark green color. Turn off heat, carefully drain the water from the pot, and return back to the stove. Cover and steam green beans for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are tender to the bite. Remove, drain completely and set aside to cool down.
  4. In a large mixing bowl. Add green beans and carrots together. Add garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste and add a generous pinch of dried oregano. Gently toss and mix until well combined. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your preference.
  5. Just before serving. You may need to add more olive oil and apple cider vinegar to taste, since the carrots will absorb some of the vinaigrette, leaving the salad a little dry.
  6. Serve at room temperature or chill for one hour before serving.
  7. Serves 6 to 8


Important Notes: Be careful not to over boil the carrots or over steam the beans or you will get a mushy salad. Allow the salad to sit in the fridge for a while before serving.
At times, I like to drizzle more olive oil and apple cider vinegar just before serving to ensure the salad is well dressed and moist.

Nutrition Information:


6 to 8 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving (1 cup)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 12.7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 6.8gFiber: 2.6gSugar: 2.2gProtein: 1.3g

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    1. Yes, it’s best to leave it a few hours before serving, or overnight will work too. Thank you so much Sherry!

  1. Thanks so much Susan. It’s the fresh garlic that gives this veggies salad its unique flavor. Enjoy and have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much Susan! It’s the fresh garlic that gives this veggies salad its unique flavor. Enjoy and have a great week!