20 Green Bean Side Dishes to Serve with Dinner Tonight

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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.

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Green Beans with Warm Raisin-Caper Dressing

green beans with warm raisin-caper dressing
Kate Sears

The real magic for this green bean side dish appears in the dressing. Once the beans are blanched, they're tossed with a mixture of sherry vinegar, whole-grain mustard, capers, and extra-virgin olive oil.

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Harissa-Roasted Green Beans

harissa-roasted green beans topped with sesame seeds
Kate Sears

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.

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Miso-Watercress Green Beans

miso-watercress green beans
Kate Sears

Green beans sizzle with oil and garlic until they're tender on the inside and crisp on the outside; once cooked, they're tossed with watercress and dressed with a delicious combination of white miso paste and fresh lemon juice.

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Green Beans with Tomatoes and Crispy Breadcrumbs

Green Beans with Tomatoes and Crispy Breadcrumbs
Frédéric Lagrange

Think of this green bean side dish recipe as summer in a bowl. A combination of green beans and wax beans share the spotlight with large cherry tomatoes, buttery breadcrumbs, and finely grated Manchego cheese.

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Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes and Cilantro

braised green beans with tomatoes and cilantro
Noe Dewitt

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.

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Green-Bean Casserole with Chestnuts and Buttered Breadcrumbs

green-bean casserole with chestnuts and buttered breadcrumbs served in a white casserole dish
Con Poulos

The ultimate side dish recipe starring green beans is this autumnal favorite. Here, we've amped up the usual casserole with roasted chestnuts, plenty of fresh parsley leaves, and lots and lots of crunchy coarse breadcrumbs.

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Lemon-Pepper Green Beans

lemon pepper green beans
Louise Hagger

Keep things simple with this 10-minute green bean side dish recipe. They're seasoned only with salt, pepper, and freshly grated lemon zest…but you don't need to stop there. Serve them with our Minty Yogurt Sauce for a cooling, flavorful addition.

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Cumin and Chile Green Beans

delhi style green beans
Jake Stangel

Hot green chile peppers give a serious kick to this green bean side dish, but the heat is offset by warm spices such as ground coriander, fresh ginger, and whole cumin seeds.

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Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes

Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes
Aya Brackett

This healthy green bean side dish recipe has plenty of flavor thanks to a gentle but genius pairing with onion, canned tomatoes, and fresh oregano. Bonus: If you use vegetable broth rather than chicken broth, it will be vegan.

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Green Bean Casserole with Bacon

Martyna Szczesna

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.

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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.

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Dry-Fried Green Beans

John Kernick

The secret to super crispy green beans is dry frying them in just a tiny amount of extra-virgin olive oil until they're blistered and tender. Fresh field peas and garlic are added at the very end of the cooking process for even more texture and flavor.

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Herbed Green Beans with Warm Mustard Vinaigrette

linda xiao

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.

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Ginger Garlic Glazed Green Beans


The savory, umami-rich flavors of toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, and fresh ginger bring new life to an old favorite.

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Tarragon Green Beans

dish of fresh green beans cooked
Maria Robledo

We could eat green beans raw, but they become something super magical when cooked in a simple sauce made from butter, white wine, shallots, and fresh tarragon.

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Asparagus and Green Beans with Chili-Orange Oil

green beans asparagus
Anna Williams

Two of spring's brightest stars—asparagus and green beans—share the stage in this side dish recipe. They're drizzled with an oil made from olive oil, red pepper flakes, and orange zest, which you can make in advance.

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Green Beans with Spiced Breadcrumbs


Just one-quarter teaspoon of paprika is all it takes to intensify the flavor of crispy breadcrumbs in this green bean side dish.

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Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Gorgonzola

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.

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Green Beans with Mushrooms and Toasted Almonds


You'll never look at green beans the same way again when you taste this side dish recipe that marries the green vegetable with cremini mushrooms, sliced scallions, and a combination of extra-virgin olive oil and butter.

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Microwave-Steamed Garlic Green Beans

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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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