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35 Easy Green Bean Recipes That Are Packed With Flavor
Fresh ideas for roasting, sautéing, or frying your new favorite vegetable.
Green beans (also known as string or snap beans) can be polarizing: They're either one of those seasonal vegetables that you prepare as much as possible once they pop up at your farmer's market during the summer months, or they're the veggie you only eat once a year at Thanksgiving when it's baked into a casserole. But whether you're a green bean fanatic or you're just looking for some unique ways to incorporate more green vegetables into your weekly dinner rotation, these green bean recipes will leave you satisfied. From quick side dishes to main courses that promise lots of leftovers, these healthy recipes cater to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. We've got even got some options with meat, too!
It can be tricky to make sure you and your family are eating enough veggies, especially if you're super busy during the week. And it's even trickier when you're cooking for picky eaters who turn their noses up when vegetables appear on their dinner plates. But these fresh green bean recipes bring the summer food to a whole new level that is sure to please everyone at the dinner table. So, if you're looking for ways to whip up some extra green beans, check out these flavor-packed recipes that cater to your tastebuds.
Charred green beans pair perfectly with a light white bean salad.
Get the Grilled Green Bean Salad recipe.
No one can resist green beans drizzled with a tangy bacon vinaigrette.
Get the Blanched Green Beans recipe.
This warm, comforting side dish is perfect for serving all throughout the holiday season.
When mixed with arugula, pasta, and feta, green beans can help complete a perfect side salad.
Get the Lemony Pasta Salad with Green Beans and Arugula recipe.
You can't go wrong when you bring green beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans, and tomatoes together.
Get the Three-Bean Salad recipes.
These green beans come together in less than 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about spending more time than necessary in the kitchen.
For a light and colorful green bean dish, toss onions, tomatoes, peanuts, and cilantro with green beans before coating with soy sauce, honey, Sriracha, and peanut oil.
Get the Green Bean Salad recipe.
When green beans are combined with corn, radishes, yellow wax beans, and crème fraîche, the result is a light and bright salad everyone will love.
This potato and green bean salad puts a spin on your typical bean dish. There's even a little bit of bacon for pure indulgence.
Get the Potato and Green Bean Salad recipe.
There's something about Parmesan cheese that makes almost everything taste better, and this side of crispy green beans is no different.
Get the Cod with Crispy Green Beans recipe.
Add an extra crunch to your green beans with some chopped almonds.
Get the Green Beans with Orange and Almond Gremolata recipe.
Your boring green bean recipe gets a makeover just by adding orange zest.
The sausage adds some delicious flavor to your traditional green bean casserole.
Chorizo, whether spicy or sweet, amps up this blanched green beans dish.
Try adding almond-garlic oil to your green beans to amp up the flavor while keeping it healthy.
Who knew mixing apricot jam and bacon with green beans could be so yummy?
Get the Apricot-Glazed Green Beans recipe.
A refreshing lemon vinaigrette helps lighten any heavy meal (plus, it makes green beans taste delicious).
Add some earthy flavor to your green beans with sesame oil and soy sauce.
Get the Skillet Green Beans recipe.
For a loaded green bean salad that has as much protein as it does greens, prepare this tuna combo in under a half hour.
Get the White Bean and Tuna Salad with Basil Vinaigrette recipe.
A sure way to get the kiddos to eat fork fulls of green beans is to pair the veggie with (whole wheat) spaghetti.
Get the Spaghetti with Grilled Green Beans and Mushrooms recipe.
Kick simple green beans up a notch with the help of Dijon mustard, onions, garlic, and lemon.
Toss together a few shallots and some ginger to play up the sesame seed flavor in this dish.
Get the Sesame-Ginger Green Beans recipe.
For a 30-minute vegetarian and gluten-free green bean side dish, prepare this Middle Eastern-flavored side that will compliment your protein of choice.
Get the Browned Butter Green Beans with Hazelnut Dukkah recipe.
For a vegan green bean casserole alternative, prepare this cashew cream version that has cremini mushrooms, sourdough bread, and of course, the infamous green veggie.
Toss green beans with crispy shallots and Dijon mustard for a simple yet satisfying dish.
Get the Green Beans with Shallots recipe.
Prepare flank steak and string beans and toss with the most delicious sauce comprised of soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and white pepper.
Get the Beef with String Beans recipe at The Woks of Life.
Pickled foods aren't for everyone, but for those who love them, these overnight pickled green beans are the perfect side dish. Make sure to set aside some time the night before you're going to serve this to pickle the green beans properly.
Get the Overnight Pickled Green Beans recipe.
This easy and straightforward recipe will have the kids begging for a second serving of noodles.
Get the Bian Dou Men Mian Steamed Noodles with Green Beans recipe at The Woks of Life.
If you loved all things fried, then you'll love this recipe, which gives green beans a crisp, golden coat.
Get the Fried Green Beans recipe.
You can quickly prepare your go-to Chinese vegetable side dish in under an hour.
Get the Eggplant String Bean Stir Fry recipe at The Woks of Life.