NYC Day 1 – Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

Today is the first day of VBS at my church! This year’s theme is “The Big Apple”. New York City is one of my favorite places to visit so, in honor of The City That Never Sleeps, I will be sharing a recipe each day that shouts NYC to me.

In 2002, my Thanksgiving was spent in NYC watching the Macy’s parade and dining on top of the Marriott Marquis in The View restaurant. As we feasted, we were slowly revolving and taking in the NYC nighttime view. One of my favorite items on the buffet was a green bean, tomato, and mozzarella salad tossed in pesto. This is an easy, go-to side.

Green Bean, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pesto Salad

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 4 oz block mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4-1/3 cup pesto

Trim ends of green beans and cut any long beans in half. Blanch* the beans. Let cool completely. Cut grape tomatoes in half if desired and mozzarella cheese into small squares. Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until the pesto is evenly distributed. Serve chilled.

*To blanch- Place enough water in a pot that will cover the green beans. Bring to boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Place green beans in the boiling water for 2 minutes. Immediately transfer beans to the ice bath. Once cooled, drain.

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