On the Side: 6 Easy, Elegant Green Bean Sides
Green beans are one of our favorite vegetable side dishes, and for good reason. For starters, they require very little prep time: no peeling or dicing, just wash and trim them. And they don’t need a lot of time to cook, either. Even roasted, they’re tender and perfect in 18–20 minutes; parboil them, and it takes even less time. What’s the trade-off? Nothing, so far as we can tell. A side of green beans looks elegant with almost any dish, adding a seductive emerald luster to the plate.
We’ve got 6 fantastic green bean side-dish recipes that are quick enough for your weeknight but classy enough for a special occasion, from parboiled beans that luxuriate in an orange-Dijon vinaigrette to a summery green bean side salad infused with fresh herbs.
Melting butter and infusing it with garlic is a simple way to elevate your green beans to the next level.
One of our all-time favorite green bean recipes, here parboiled beans are simmered in an orange-Dijon sauce and topped with chopped pecans.
Roasting your green beans enhances and deepens their flavor, meaning you only need a bare minimum of other ingredients for a flavorful side dish.
A delicious combo, this side dish is a smart way to combine potatoes and green beans into one dish. The fresh salsa verde pops with the beans.
Colorful and tasty, this mix of tomatoes and green beans adds a dramatic splash of color to your plate. The pesto vinaigrette makes it a perfect side for Italian dinners like lasagna. (Find the recipe for the vinaigrette here.)
Haricort verts are very thin, French-style green beans. They’re delicious in this recipe, but you can use other fresh green beans as well. This chilled dish is not only great for warm-weather months; it can be prepped well in advance, too.
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