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Green beans are a vegetable I rely on all year long. While I adore them most when they’re piled up at the farmers market during the summer, I find their bagged counterpart at the grocery store to be a trustworthy substitution the rest of the year. Their snappy crunch and versatility ensure they are always a hit.
Ready to get cooking? From simple and satisfying sautéed beans to a weeknight stir-fry to green bean casserole (a must in my book for Thanksgiving sides!), here are 33 green bean recipe ideas to keep on hand for side dishes and dinners.
Related: 10 Ways to Dress Up Green Beans
Healthy Green Bean Recipes
Keep things simple and you can ensure winning results that are extra wholesome.
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Vegan Green Bean Casserole
The fall time casserole we know and love gets dairy-free makeover, and a grown-up upgrade with homemade crispy shallots. The number of pans required to make it? Just one. Go to Recipe
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Sautéed Green Beans
It’s always good to get the basics down and give yourself a refresher every now and then. Here we walk you through how to cook flawless green beans on the stovetop every time, with a two-step process of sautéing and steaming.Go to Recipe
Vegetarian Green Bean Recipes
Green beans definitely don’t need to be paired with meat to reach their full potential.
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Green Bean Salad
Adorned with toasty nuts, fried shallots, and radicchio, this green bean salad is a beautiful addition to your table, anytime of year.Go to Recipe
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Three Bean Salad
This three-bean salad is a pretty straightforward take on the classic — a mix of fresh and canned beans, a tangy vinaigrette, and red onions. Of course there is plenty of room for adaptation, which is what makes it perfect for any cook to keep in their back pocket. Go to Recipe
Meals with Green Beans
While they often play side kick, green beans can absolutely become part of the main dish, too.
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Greek-Style Braised Green Beans Go to Recipe
Grab some juicy, ripe tomatoes, white wine, and aromatics and you’re on your way to turning fresh green beans into saucy comfort food. Make it a meal by serving it over your favorite cooked grains, adding an egg, or pairing it with grilled chicken breast.
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3-Bean Israeli Couscous Salad Go to Recipe
This twist on classic three-bean salad is one of my favorite ways to bring green beans to the table. It mixes in chewy Israeli couscous, which soaks up red wine vinaigrette like a dream.
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Farmers Market Risotto Go to Recipe
A pot of creamy risotto mixed with nutty Pecorino and white wine sauce is one of my favorite ways to turn fresh green beans into dinner.
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Lemon Garlic Chicken Foil Packets
Add a layer of fresh green beans to the bottom of your foil packet and by the time you pull it off the grill or out of the oven, the beans will be tender and slicked with a savory lemony garlicky sauce.Go to Recipe
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Yes, green beans absolutely have a place on sandwiches! Especially this one, which is basically a Niçoise salad in sandwich form.Go to Recipe