Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams
Total Time
22 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

A splash of citrus and toasted pine nuts gives these green beans a zesty, nutty flavor that holds up nicely next to heavier holiday entrees and side dishes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Drain well.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots; sauté 2 minutes or until tender. Add green beans; stir well. Add rind, juice, pepper, and salt; sauté 2 minutes. Spoon onto a platter; sprinkle with nuts.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

dalenecorey's Review

November 24, 2013

MaryEliz's Review

November 23, 2012
What a tasty yet light addition to the Thanksgiving meal! Let's face it, no one is going to go for seconds on the vegetables when there are stuffing, potatoes and gravy to be had, but this was flavorful enough that people noted the orange essence and the toasted pine nuts. This is easy enough to make on a weeknight.

ksw1968's Review

November 19, 2012

Amy0324's Review

October 14, 2011

foodieforpeace's Review

April 24, 2011
What a side! Enjoyed this for holiday dinner today with orange baked ham and CL pot luck potato casserole. Cooked (steamed vs boiled) the green beans in advance to make life easy. Made recipe as it reads. Would make it anytime.

Cissy1970's Review

April 23, 2011
I make this for every holiday dinner (when green beans are in season). I LOVE this recipe! It's so easy and so delicious!!! My family loves it too. I usually add more orange zest & juice for a more citrus taste. If pine nuts are too expensive, I substitute pecans and find it just as yummy. I would recommend this recipe to anyone - and - I have!

changement7's Review

December 22, 2010

SueBJohnson's Review

December 16, 2010
I agree with the other reviews. I made it at Thanksgiving and everyone loved it, taking seconds!

ewyancy's Review

December 05, 2010
Wonderful light but tasty recipe to go with a rich holiday meal. The orange gives it a wonderful flavor. I used frozen green beans that I thawed and they worked nicely. My husband suggested we try it with asparagus and it is great that way too!

eclecticstyle's Review

November 25, 2010
I prepared this receipe for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit! I was in charge of the sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and my son's favorite pasta marinara. Each of the dishes (except the pasta) had an orange theme running through it. Everyone was amazed at how fresh and delicious the beans were. I was very careful not to overcook the beans so that they could be reheated just before the meal in the microwave for 3 min.