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Easy Summer Green Beans

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins

Makes 4 servings

Other than the green beans, you probaby already have all the ingredients needed to make this easy and flavorful summer side.


  • 1 qt. water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Additional olive oil and fresh lemon juice (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Bring water, salt, pepper, and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add green beans; cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook 10 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Drain beans, and drizzle with 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice. Add more olive oil and lemon juice, if desired.