Snake bean salad recipe

Snake bean salad with Anthotiro

A tasty Snake bean salad is like no other! If you are looking for a filling green salad or a light salad meal then you must try this one!  It’s nutritious, delicious and it can accompany beautiful chicken or red meat! It can also stand on its own as a light green salad meal. It’s very fast and easy to make so just grab your vinegar and olive oil and let’s get started!

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What are snake beans and how to pick them

Snake beans are called the green pods that hold the black-eyed peas until they mature. When they are at their best they have a deep green color, they are slim, tender, and often their edges are black. The Snake beans are also known as Long beans, Yardlong beans, Pea beans, Chinese long beans, and Bodi or Bora. They are summer beans and you can find them fresh in July and August. If you live in Greece you might get lucky and find some even until the middle of September.

Seeing a little black color in Snake beans means they are tasty and crunchy. If they have a light green color they will be soft and not as tasty. 

Snake beans salad is very popular in the Greek island Lemnos (Limnos) and if you happen to visit in August, do not forget to order some when you go to eat in a tavern!

How to cook the snake beans for a salad

I would recommend that you do not cook them for more than 7 min as I believe it’s the perfect boiling time, but you also have the option to sauté them. Alternatively, they can replace the green beans in any recipe that calls for them. 

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You might also like to check out a black-eyed pea salad

Snake bean salad recipe
Snake bean salad recipe

Snake bean salad with Anthotiro

Prep: 5m | Cook: 7m | Total: 12m | Serves: 2


  • 500g Snake beans
  • 80g Anthotiro, or fresh ricotta, crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp Honey
  • A drizzle of Balsamic vinegar
  • A drizzle of Sesame (optional)
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Add the snake beans, after you have cleaned them, and wash them, in a pot of boiling water.
  2. Lower the heat and let them simmer for 7 min.
  3. Add the snake beans, drained, in a salad bowl, and add the crumbled Anthotiro cheese on top.
  4. For the dressing, add the olive oil, the red wine vinegar, and the honey to a small bowl and mix until combined.
  5. Pour the dressing over the boiled snake beans, drizzle a little balsamic vinegar and sesame on top, mix them and your salad is ready!


  • The amount of vinegar mentioned in the recipe above is the minimum. I often end up adding two or three Tbsp more until it is to my liking.
Snake bean salad nutrition facts label

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