French Green Beans (Haricots Verts) with Lemon and Almonds

A white serving dish is filled with green beans tossed with lemon dressing. by 2sistersrecipes.com

A delicious-tasting side of French Green Beans with zesting lemon flavors, and topped with sliced almonds is sure to please! These green beans are easier to make than you may think besides being the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal.

Today’s traditional Thanksgiving meal goes beyond the turkey or the ham; it’s also about the “sides!”
Many accompanying side dishes are savory or sweet.

But this side dish balances a refreshing and clean taste in order to “cleanse the palate” and make room for the parade of desserts still to come. That would be these French Green Beans.

These are steamed and served in a simple lemon vinaigrette dressing and topped with a sprinkle of sliced almonds.

This zesty-tangy flavor combination makes this a great balance for your richer side dishes.

A healthy alternative, French green beans (also known as Haricots Verts) are delicate beans that cook very quickly and can be served at room temperature or chilled. 

Make the Dressing…

The dressing is a simple one that is very easy to make. Combine extra-virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a sprinkle of salt.

These French beans are rich in flavor, and they don’t need much.

Just before serving, top off with sliced almonds which double as a garnish and a little extra crunch.

Notes and Tips…

  • Since this dish can be made ahead and also does not require reheating, it is an oven space saver as well as a cook’s time saver!!
  • I sprinkled them with natural sliced almonds (right out of the bag) but if you prefer, you can roast them in the oven for a minute or so, then reserve them to add them to the green beans at the last minute.
  • Also, these French beans can be found easily at Trader Joe’s or other local grocery stores.
  • Since they are thinner, more petite size of the green bean family, they only need a good rinse before cooking.
  • And, if you are having a large crowd over for Thanksgiving, double our recipe below.

How To Make Them?

Steaming is how I prepare them, which is virtually no fuss at all.  Adding a subtle zesty lemon flavor makes this green vegetable come alive!  Delicious!

We grew up with our mom adding fresh lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil to many of her recipes.  This light, refreshing taste added to the green beans complements any meal.

Hope you will give these French green beans a try this holiday season!

Ingredients Needed for French Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds…

  • 1 lb. (16-ounce) fresh French Green Beans – rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, and extra as needed
  • 1/2 of a small lemon juiced (about 1 to 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/8 tsp. of salt, plus extra salt for taste
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
  • lemon slices, as garnish

Directions to Make Green Beans with Lemon:

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  1. Place whole French beans into a medium-sized saucepan with 2 to 3 cups of water, and sprinkle 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt over them.

2. Cover, and on medium heat, bring water to a boil.  Lower heat to simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and carefully drain all the water from the pot. (I do this with a pot holder to hold the lid slightly open and tilt the pot over my sink to drain the water).

4. Return the pot with the beans to the stove, remain covered, and allow the beans to steam for 2 minutes longer, or until they are tender to the bite.  Be careful not to overcook them, or you will have mushy beans.

NOTE: Take a bean and bite into one.  If it has reached the tenderness to your liking, then transfer them to a bowl and allow the beans to cool completely.

5. Drizzle the olive oil over them, then the lemon juice. Toss gently to combine. Transfer to a serving platter. Season with salt over them to taste.  Place a few lemon slices on both ends of the platter, as garnish. 

6. Set the dish aside to serve at room temperature, or chill before serving.  Just before serving the French beans, sprinkle on top with sliced almonds.

Serves 4 to 5

Yield: 4 to 5 servings

French Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds

French Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds by 2sistersrecipes.com

A delicious-tasting side of French Green Beans with zesting lemon flavors, and topped with sliced almonds is sure to please! Simple recipe, refreshingly delicious, and an ideal side for any occasion.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. (16-ounces) fresh French Green Beans - rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, and extra as needed
  • 1/2 of a small lemon juiced (about 1 to 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/8 tsp. of salt, plus extra salt for taste
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
  • lemon slices, as garnish

Instructions

    1. Place whole French beans into a medium-sized saucepan with 2 to 3 cups of water, and sprinkle 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt over them.

    2. Cover, and on medium heat, bring water to a boil.  Lower heat to simmer for 2 minutes.

    3. Remove from heat and carefully drain all the water from the pot. (I do this with a pot holder to hold the lid slightly open and tilt the pot over my sink to drain the water).

    4. Return the pot with the beans to the stove, remain covered, and allow the beans to steam for 2 minutes longer, or until they are tender to the bite.  Be careful not to overcook them, or you will have mushy beans. QUICK NOTE: take one green bean and bite into it.  If it has reached the tenderness to your liking, then transfer them to a bowl and allow the beans to cool completely.

    5. Transfer the beans to a mixing bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over them, then the lemon juice. Toss gently to combine.

    6. Transfer to a serving platter. Season lightly with salt over them to taste.  Place a few lemon slices on both ends of the platter, as garnish.  Set the dish aside to serve at room temperature, or chill before serving.  Just before serving the French beans, sprinkle on top with sliced almonds.

    Yields: 4 to 5 servings

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 6.2gCarbohydrates: 4.5gFiber: 2.3gSugar: 2.2gProtein: 2.4g

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