Steamed Green Beans with Lemon-Mint Dressing

Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

Instead of mint, tarragon or basil would be equally delicious. If desired, top with fresh lemon rind for a little extra zing.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 84
  • Fat: 5.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 2.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.1g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 155mg
  • Calcium: 46mg

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. 1. Steam green beans 4 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.
  2. 2. Combine mint and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add green beans to bowl, and toss to coat.
  3. Variations:
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  5. Ginger-Sesame SERVES 4 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 104; FAT 6.6g (sat 1g); SODIUM 231mg Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Add 1 pound green beans; cook 7 minutes or until beans begin to brown. Combine 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger, 1 ­tablespoon tahini, 5 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 tablespoon lime juice in a bowl. Add mixture to pan. Cook 1 minute; toss to coat.
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Note:

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