Versatile Green Beans
Not only high in nutritional value but also great in texture and taste, green beans are as ubiquitous to the American table as mashed potatoes or broccoli. Whether steamed, fried, or used in a hearty casserole, these summer veggies are delicious and easy to incorporate into your healthy diet.
First up is our Quick-Pickled Dilly Green Beans. A fresh alternative to pickled cukes, these crisp, crunchy treats make a zesty summer snack, garnish for a Bloody Mary, or condiment in a sandwich or salad. They're easy to prepare and will keep up to a week in the refrigerator.
Haricots Verts with Shallots and Pine Nuts
This simple side of French green beans, shallots, and pine nuts comes together in a snap.
Haricots Verts with Carrots and Sesame
Pair this simple side with one of our Superfast Asian recipes for quick weeknight supper.
Haricots Verts with Cherry Tomatoes and Mushrooms
Sweet cherry tomatoes and earthy mushrooms tossed with delicate French green beans make a colorful and flavorful addition to your weeknight dinner.
Haricots Verts with Pancetta and Garlic
Pancetta and garlic sautéed with French green beans create a savory side that pairs well with chicken or fish.
Olive-Almond Green Beans
Move over plain green beans for this delicious side serving. The kalamata olives give these beans its saltiness, toasted almonds a bit of crunch, and a touch of citrus thanks to lemon rind.
Sherried Green Beans and Mushrooms
Add color and crunch to your meal. Associate Food Editor Julianna Grimes created this recipe: "Everybody expects to see green beans at the holiday table, but I wanted to add some unexpected flourishes."
Green Bean Casserole with Madeira Mushrooms
Here's a deliciously updated version of the classic, with fresh green beans and wine-infused mushrooms. We just had to keep the fried onion topping, which is arguably the best part.
Leftover Green Bean Niçoise
Classic salade niçoise gets a big flavor boost from our leftover green bean recipe: Dried cranberries provide unexpected sweet-tart notes, while hazelnuts add lightly sweet, meaty depth.
Baked Tilapia with Garlicky Green Beans and Roasted Tomatoes
Green beans steam in their own sealed packet while tomatoes slowly roast and panko-crusted tilapia gets nicely crisp on top, all on a single baking sheet.
Crispy Green Beans with Sriracha Mayo
Day-old veggies become irresistible crunchy munching sticks thanks to a coarse breadcrumb coating. Tangy chile dip takes flavors to the spicy edge.
The use of two different beans, wax beans and green beans, add color and beauty to a healthy and fresh side dish.
Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts
Here's a crowd-pleasing side that's easy on the pocketbook: just 67 cents per serving! If money is no object, consider finishing with a flourish of white truffle oil.
Green Beans with Dried Cranberries and Hazelnuts
This side dish is positively Pacific Northwest, as Oregon produces ample amounts of cranberries and hazelnuts. Blanch the beans ahead, and store in the refrigerator for a quicker dinner.
Chicken and Green Bean Salad
Easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes, crunchy green beans and juicy tomatoes create a beautiful salad. Pile this simple salad atop crostini for a simple supper or hearty appetizer.
Pan-Charred Green Beans with Tarragon
This will become your new favorite way to do green beans. We love the light anise flavor of tarragon, but you could use parsley, chives, or thyme as well.
Szechuan Green Beans with Ground Pork
This recipe is characteristic of the hot and spicy cuisine from the Szechuan province. You can substitute lean ground chicken or turkey for pork and asparagus for green beans, if you prefer.
Steamed Green Beans with Lemon-Mint Dressing
Instead of mint, tarragon or basil would be equally delicious. If desired, top with fresh lemon rind for a little extra zing. Try one of our variations: Red Pepper and Pesto Green Beans, Ginger-Sesame Green Beans, or Green Beans with Stewed Tomatoes and Spices.
Farro, Green Bean, and Fennel Salad with Tuna
To make this a full whole-grain salad, avoid pearled farro, which has been partially processed. Yes, it takes a little longer, but to save time, hunt down some precooked whole-grain farro. It's found on the rice aisle. The recipe, however, begins with uncooked grain, which needs an hour in the pot and a little time to cool. We recently tasted—and loved—Wild Planet's wild albacore tuna, jarred in olive oil, which is firm, meaty, rich, and moist. We also love that it's sustainable, 100% pole and troll caught. Visit wildplanetfoods.com to purchase online or locate retailers.
Citrus Green Beans with Pine Nuts
Citrus gives a common side dish an unexpected, but delightfully delicious, makeover. The dish is light and refreshing so it won't bog down your plate.
Tempeh and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce
Tempeh is a high-protein soy product that originated in Indonesia, and it works great in this delicious Asian-inspired dish. Substitute extra-firm tofu, if desired.
Balsamic-Glazed Green Beans and Pearl Onions
Dress up green beans with pearl onions and balsamic vinegar to give this worthy-of-a-special-occasion side dish a nice flavor.