See our collection of our best green bean recipes for a variety of easy ways to prepare this popular vegetable including sautéing, steaming, and roasting. These simple green bean sides are anything but boring and bland. Whether you prefer nutty additions, a creamy sauce, or a hit of seasonal stir-ins, we've got the green bean recipe that's perfect for your table. Don't relegate green beans to the holidays; these dishes are perfect for your table all year long. Serve them with your favorite main dish, such as a roast chicken, smoked pork, or planked salmon for an easy, flavorful meal.
Green Beans with Pecans and Maple VinaigrettePair this nutty-sweet green bean side dish with creamy mashed potatoes and the protein of your choice for an easy yet impressive weeknight dinner.
Green Beans with Dried Cranberries and HazelnutsFrom the Kitchen of Ivy Manning, longtime contributor. "This side dish is positively Pacific Northwest, my stomping grounds. Oregon produces both cranberries and hazelnuts, which I source from local vendors."
Easy Summer Green BeansOther than the green beans, you probaby already have all the ingredients needed to make this easy and flavorful summer side.
Citrus Green Beans with Pine NutsTry a fresh twist on the typical green bean side with this citrusy dish. A dash of orange juice adds deliciously bright flavor, while toasted pine nuts give this side a nutty flair.
Sherried Green Beans and MushroomsDress up the traditional holiday bowl of green beans with exotic mushrooms, shallots, sherry, and fresh parsley and thyme.
Oven-Roasted Green BeansSeasoning the beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasting in the oven brings out their naturally delicious flavor. Make sure to use the freshest beans possible for the best results.
Garlic and Thyme Green BeansSometimes the simplest of recipes are the most delicious. Plenty of garlic, some thyme, and really fresh green beans add up to more than the sum of their parts.
Rosemary Green BeansIncrease both the flavor and texture of your green beans by adding chopped pecans, fresh rosemary and grated lemon rind.
Sautéed Green Beans With BaconSauté lightly steamed green beans and top with chopped bacon and green onions for a simple and savory side dish.
Garlic Green BeansDress up humble green beans with a little garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and olive oil for a simple side dish that's sure to draw rave reviews.
Green Beans with Almond-and-Lemon Brown ButterAdd rich, nutty flavor to green beans by topping the steamed beans with a mixture of browned butter and toasted almonds.
Steamed Green Beans with Cracked Pepper and ChèvreThe combination of tender, sweet green beans and the tartness of goat cheese makes this side dish a nice complement to most main dishes.
Green Bean-and-Red Bell Pepper TossThis green bean dish goes from kitchen to table in just 20 minutes. Sliced red bell peppers add great color (and make this a festive choice for Christmas), while shallots and garlic punch up the flavor.
Marinated Green Bean and Potato SaladWhite wine vinegar adds a little bite to this blend of green beans, wax beans, and fingerling potatoes. Make preparation even easier by planning to serve this side when you'll have some leftover cooked bacon on hand.
Green Bean Salad with Vidalia Onion and MintIf you're in need of a light, refreshing side, check out this dish. Balsamic vinegar perfectly complements the sweet Vidalia onions, while fresh mint brightens all the flavors.
Wax Beans with Chorizo, Almonds, and ParsleyBelonging to the same vegetable family as green beans, wax beans make a great side dish and compliment the bright colors of Summer.
Green Bean, Grape, and Pasta TossDress up plain green beans with this pasta toss featuring pecans, bacon, red grapes, and red onion. It's reminiscent of broccoli salad and is perfect for taking to potluck dinners and supper clubs, or even just enjoying at home with your family.
Sweet-and-Sour Green BeansCider vinegar and sugar are the "sweet and sour" in this simple side. Cooking bacon slices and onion together, then sautéing the beans in the bacon drippings, adds even more incredible flavor.
Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, and AlmondsThis easy green bean toss features crunchy sliced almonds and the tangy bite of goat cheese. Don't like goat cheese? Try substituting feta cheese instead.
Spiced Potatoes and Green BeansFor a super-hearty and spicy side, pair green beans with cubed potatoes and flavor with ground New Mexican chiles, brown mustard seeds, cumin, coriander, minced ginger, and ground tumeric.
Green Beans in Vinaigrette with Feta
Washed and trimmed fresh green beans are a real time-saver. Cook them and toss with a homemade vinaigrette to liven up any dinner plate. Top with fresh crumbled feta cheese for a zingy, salty twist that brightens the flavor of the vegetable. Ready in no more than 15 minutes, this is a super simple recipe that brings excitement and a cheesy punch of flavor to green beans. We opted for feta with basil and sun-dried tomatoes for an added dose of herbs and sweet flavor.
Marinated Dill Green Beans
Choose fresh green beans that are crisp and blemish free for this dish. Marinate for several hours to allow the dill, garlic and onion flavors to permeate. Grated lemon rind brings fresh acidity and sharp flavor to this strong, aromatic blend of herbs. Combining the herbs with vinegar and letting the concoction sit for several hours allows for the different flavors to combine and create a salty, slightly pickle-like taste that brings these green beans to a whole new level.
Red Pepper and Pesto Green Beans
For this quick side, Red Pepper and Pesto Green Beans, we toss roasted green beans with a parsley-pistachio pesto. Traditional pesto is made with walnuts and basil, but we went with pistachios and parsley to switch things up in the kitchen. This vegetable side comes together in minutes and tastes best straight out of the oven. Bring it to a potluck or serve it as a side with dinner that the whole family can enjoy. Save the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.