Spinach & green bean salad

This salad is quick and simple to prepare, and goes beautifully with fish – you can prepare most of it ahead, too

  • Ready in 10 minutes
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 58
  • fat 5g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 2g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 2g
  • salt 0.08g


  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 x 250g 250g packs fine green beans, stalk ends trimmed, blanched and refreshed and halved (see know-how, below)
  • 180g bag baby leaf spinach salad


Learning to blanch
To blanch and refresh green beans, bring a pan of water to the boil. Fill a large bowl with very cold, ideally iced, water. Plunge the beans into the boiling water for 1-2 mins until just softened (blanching), drain with a slotted spoon and plunge straight into the cold water to stop the cooking process (refreshing). Now you'll have fab bright green, just-cooked beans.


  1. In a small bowl mix together the olive oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  2. In a large serving bowl, mix together the beans and spinach. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

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