20 Green Bean Side Dishes to Serve with Dinner Tonight
Whether you're looking for a side to complement a weeknight meal or a holiday feast, these delicious, healthy green bean recipes will fit the bill.
Crispy, super vibrant, and good for you, green beans have got it all going on. That's why we're sharing 20 of our favorite green bean side dish recipes to serve alongside your main course tonight. Whether it's a quick and casual weeknight dinner or a festive holiday feasts, these sides will complete any meal.
There are a number of different ways to prepare green beans, including simple cooking methods such as steaming, blanching, or microwaving. The goal when preparing green beans is never to overdo it—cook until they're just tender on the inside but still have a snappy, crunchy bite. Overcooking them will also cause them to lose their beautiful bright green color, which would be a complete tragedy.
Once cooked, there are so many ways to dress up green beans. For the most understated side dish, season them with just salt, pepper, and a touch of lemon zest. We also like to turn the heat up with chile peppers, spicy mustard, and warm, aromatic spices.
If you're in the mood for an all-time classic, you'll be delighted to know that we have two tasty recipes for green bean casserole. One version is about as timeless as it gets with an indulgent addition of bacon. Chopped, crispy strips of everyone's favorite pork product are both tossed with the green bean mixture and sprinkled on top as a garnish. We also have an even more autumnal recipe that calls chestnuts, homemade buttery breadcrumbs, and plenty of fresh herbs. Both recipes are totally delicious that it would be impossible to pick a favorite, so go ahead and try them both.
If you're ready to fall in love with green beans all over again, make some of these fabulous side dish recipes to pair with dinner this week.
Green Beans with Warm Raisin-Caper Dressing
Harissa-Roasted Green Beans
Just two teaspoons of harissa paste, which is a spicy chile and tomato condiment from Morocco, brings the heat to this green bean side dish. Garnish the beans with sesame seeds for a little crunch.
Miso-Watercress Green Beans
Green Beans with Tomatoes and Crispy Breadcrumbs
Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes and Cilantro
Green beans are transformed from an ordinary vegetable to the star of the show in this side dish recipe. They're cooked with chopped tomatoes until the beans are tender and tomatoes are bursting at the seams with their summery juices.
Green-Bean Casserole with Chestnuts and Buttered Breadcrumbs
Lemon-Pepper Green Beans
Cumin and Chile Green Beans
Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
Take classic green bean casserole to the next level with plenty of bacon. First, the strips are sautéed until crisp and reserved for both mixing into—and sprinkling on top of—the casserole. Next, cremini mushrooms are sautéed in the remaining bacon fat to absorb some of the salty, savory flavor.
Green Bean, Shell Bean, and Sweet Onion Fattoush
Serve this Middle Eastern-style green bean salad as a healthy side dish during spring and summer. The vibrant green, crisp vegetables and fragrant herbs are fresh tasting and totally delicious.
Dry-Fried Green Beans
Herbed Green Beans with Warm Mustard Vinaigrette
Instantly elevate any holiday spread with this elegant green bean side dish. The vegetables are blanched before being tossed with a sharp whole-grain mustard dressing and toasted bread cubes.
Ginger Garlic Glazed Green Beans
Tarragon Green Beans
Asparagus and Green Beans with Chili-Orange Oil
Green Beans with Spiced Breadcrumbs
Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Gorgonzola
Bring a little funk to this green bean side dish recipe with gorgonzola cheese, nutty roasted hazelnuts, fragrant nut oil, and sherry vinegar.
Green Beans with Mushrooms and Toasted Almonds
Microwave-Steamed Garlic Green Beans
No over-the-top cooking techniques here! Here, we're using the magic of the microwave to steam one pound of green beans with garlic and butter for the easiest side dish ever.
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