When properly prepared, green beans (and their pole bean cousins wax beans, yellow beans, and purple beans) are snappy and delicious. Chronic overcooking or underseasoning often makes them less than exciting. Try these simple recipes bursting with fresh flavor to re-find a love for green beans.
The shallot-laden vinaigrette used to marinate the green beans in this recipe is fresh and bright. This dish works as a salad or a side dish - I've been known to serve them on a bed of arugula or spinach to fancy them up a bit. They are particularly delicious alongside a hearty grilled steak.
This light soup is chock full of seasonal summer and early fall vegetables and is wonderfully flavored with a simple dollop of pesto (make your own homemade pesto or use your favorite store-bought).
These bright, crispy refrigerator pickles are easy to make and add their spicy kick to any relish tray, crudité platter, or a very special Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary.
Just thinking about these beans makes me hungry. Rather than cooking them to a trendy crisp-tender texture, this recipe slowly cooks green beans until they are extremely tender and infused with the flavor of the cooking liquid, but stops short of turning them mushy. They are perfection next to a roast chicken.