Greener BeeGreen Living35 Glorious Green Bean Recipes

It’s the season to find crisp, fresh green beans at your local farmers’ market. There’s good reason to take advantage of the abundance and include more of this versatile vegetable in your diet.

Green beans are a good source of protein, fiber, B vitamins, vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, iron and calcium. A one-cup serving of green beans has only 34 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrates. In comparison, a one-cup serving of whole wheat pasta has 174 calories and 37 grams of carbohydrates.

Check out these delicious and innovative ways to dress up your green beans.

Walnut and Feta Salad


You might not think of green beans in a salad, but their shape and texture make an excellent addition to many different cold dishes.

1. Green Bean, Walnut and Feta Salad

2. Healthy Green Bean Salad

3. Potato Green Bean Salad with Lemon and Basil

4. Sesame Noodles with Green Beans and Tofu

5. The Hungry Girls’ Sweet Potato, Green Bean and Smoked Paprika Salad

6. Corn and Green Bean Salad 

7. Speedy Three-Bean Salad 

8. Chilled Green Bean Salad with Dill

Photo credit: Chikako Siebers @ Inner Harmony Nutrition


You don’t always need leafy vegetables for greens in a soup. Green beans are another nutritious and colorful option.

9. Green Bean and Carrot Soup 

10. Pearl Barley Fresh Minestrone Soup

11. Creamy Vegan Green Vegetable Soup

12. Green Bean and Almond Soup

13. Smoky Green Soup

Green beans and tomato salad on white plate


Forget any limp, steamed green beans you might have eaten as a child. Modern green bean sides are varied, delicious and the beans can be lightly cooked to keep a nice crispness.

14. Green Bean and Tomato Saute

15. Spanish Peasant-Style Green Beans

16. Orange Zest Green Beans with Almonds

17. Crispy Green Bean Fries

18. Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Sliced Almonds

19. Vegetable Fried Rice

20. Spicy Stir Fried Tofu with Corn, Green Beans and Cilantro

21. Asian Green Beans

Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Fried Onions

Main Dishes

Green beans can take center stage in a wide variety of dishes, from curries to traditional casseroles. Try one of these flavorful, satisfying recipes tonight.

22. Better Green Bean Casserole 

23. Szechuan Green Beans and Tofu 

24. Healthy Green Bean Casserole

25. Cashew Curry 

26. Vegetable Tagine

27. Vegan Green Bean Casserole

28. Ligurian Pasta Trenette

29. Super Simple Green Bean Potato Curry

30. Chick Peas, Potatoes and Green Beans in Cauliflower Sauce

31. Sweet Potato, Green Bean and Spinach Risotto

32. Green Bean Stir Fry with Tempeh

33. Wicked Healthy Organic Green Bean Casserole

34. Vegetarian Green Bean Stew in a Rich Tomato Sauce

35. Green Bean, Zucchini and Potato Stew

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