Our 15 Best Green Bean Recipes To Upgrade Your Side-Dish Game

Reimagine the green bean casserole—and then go way beyond it

Green beans are well suited to a variety of preparations, from blanching to sautéing to braising. Although sometimes, the stringy vegetable is commonly associated with holidays, the variety of beans and ways to prepare them make them suitable for any season. Serve them raw in the summertime for the ultimate snap quality, or cooked in the cooler months to accompany almost any meal. Whether you're tossing them in a salad or as a simple side dish for Thanksgiving(/thanksgiving-recipes), our best green bean recipes have you covered.

Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil
Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil
Tearing the basil leaves for this simple salad releases their aroma while preventing the bruising that results from chopping. Get the recipe for Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil »Marcus Nilsson
Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots
Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots
Shallots are quick-pickled and sautéed with green beans in this refreshing side. Get the recipe for Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots »Ariana Lindquist
Niçoise Salad Quiche
Niçoise Salad Quiche
A nod to the composed salad of southern France, this elegant quiche combines green beans, olives, potatoes, tuna, and buttery, just-wilted lettuce. Get the recipe for Niçoise Salad Quiche »Yossy Arefi
Green Bean Casserole
Classic Green Bean Casserole
With a creamy mushroom sauce and topped with flash fried onions, this holiday classic is the epitome of a crowd-pleasing casserole. Get the recipe for Green Bean Casserole »Laura Sant
Haricots Verts with Dijon Vinaigrette
Haricots Verts with Dijon Vinaigrette
This dish of crisp haricots verts paired with a quick Dijon vinaigrette makes a simple, easy-to-transport side that's great for picnics or summer barbecues. Get the recipe for Haricots Verts with Dijon Vinaigrette »Matt Taylor-Gross
Stir-Fried Shrimp and Long Beans with XO Sauce
Stir-Fried Shrimp and Long Beans with XO Sauce
The subtle flavor of shrimp works well with the earthy taste of green beans accentuated by rich XO sauce. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Shrimp and Long Beans with XO Sauce »Matt Taylor-Gross
Trenette with Pesto, Beans & Potatoes
Trenette with Pesto, Beans & Potatoes
In this classic Genoese dish, fettuccine pasta is combined with string beans, baby red potatoes, and tossed with basil pesto. Get the recipe for Trenette with Pesto, Beans & Potatoes »Todd Coleman
Yankee Pot Roast
Yankee Pot Roast
For many a New Englander, there's nothing more comforting than a rich and flaky pot roast served with mash potatoes and carrots. At Boston's Durgin-Park restaurant, good old-fashioned A-1 steak sauce adds zip to the gravy for this tender braised brisket. Get the recipe for Yankee Pot Roast »Ingalls Photography
Green Bean and Peach Salad
Green Bean and Peach Salad
Summer peaches pair remarkably well with sweet caramelized onions and crisp green beans in this salad from Deb Miller of Lawrence, Kansas. Get the recipe for Green Bean and Peach Salad »James Oseland
Haricots Verts Casserole
Haricots Verts Casserole
Sherry vinegar balances the richness in the cream sauce for this Thanksgiving staple. [Get the recipe for Haricots Verts Casserole »]/article/recipes/bouchon-bistro-haricots-verts-casserole)Eilon Paz
Salad of Haricots Verts and Green Hazelnuts
Salad of Haricots Verts and Green Hazelnuts
This salad of crisp haricots verts is tossed in a light tomato-spiked cream dressing and scattered with fresh hazelnuts. Get the recipe for Salad of Haricots Verts and Green Hazelnuts »Farideh Sadeghin
Summer Bean Salad
Summer Bean Salad
This fresh side is a kaleidoscopic combination of fava and romano beans, garbanzos, cranberry beans, and green and yellow wax beans. Get the recipe for Summer Bean Salad »Farideh Sadeghin
Loubieh bil Zeit (Romano Beans with Tomatoes)
Loubieh bil Zeit
Lebanon has an ancient tradition of producing high-quality olive oil, which is used to braise vegetables in a number of traditional dishes. One of the most popular is loubieh b zeit, literally "green beans in oil," a traditional Lebanese mezze in which romano beans are braised until tender with tomatoes in olive oil. It's traditionally served at room temperature, but can also be enjoyed warm, as a side dish. Green beans or fava beans can be substituted for the Romano beans. Get the recipe for Loubieh bil Zeit (Romano Beans with Tomatoes) »James Oseland
Green Beans with Lemon and Capers
Green Beans with Lemon and Capers
Inspired by the briny flavors of veal piccata, this elegant side dish is simplicity itself: blanched green beans tossed in a vinaigrette of capers, bright lemon, and a beautiful olive oil. Get the recipe for Green Beans with Lemon and Capers »Maxime Iattoni
Tofu, Long Bean, and Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette with Black Bean Vinaigrette
Tofu, Long Bean, and Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette with Black Bean Vinaigrette
Crisp-tender Chinese long beans pair with silky tofu and an umami-rich dressing for this simple chilled salad from chef Matt Wilkinson. Get the recipe for Tofu, Long Bean, and Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette with Black Bean Vinaigrette »André Baranowski