Herbed Green Beans with Almonds

This Herbed Green Beans with Almonds recipe is a great way to elevate the basic green bean and turn it into a celebratory dish! Also, its quick and easy enough to prepare on a weeknight. The herb and citrus dressing makes these green beans extra special. Plus, the toasted almonds takes this dish over the top!

Fresh Herbs, Lemon Zest and Toasted Nuts Elevate any Dish!

I feel like fresh herbs, lemon zest and toasted nuts elevate any dish. In this recipe I used fresh parsley, basil and chives and lots of lemon zest in a basic red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing and drizzled it over the green beans. But, you can use any fresh herbs that you like in this dressing. I have a container herb garden and those are a few of the herbs that I always have on hand.

By sautéing the green beans in a hot skillet I was able to get the most possible flavor out of them. You can blanch the green beans in a big pot of salted water, but I find sautéing them is a tastier option.

Of course, whenever you’re using nuts, it is always important to toast them! If I’m only toasting a handful of nuts, I’ll do it in a hot skillet on the stove top, but if its a lot of nuts, I prefer placing them on a baking sheet and toasting them in the oven. Just remember to keep a close eye on them so you don’t burn them. They seem to go from raw to burnt pretty quickly if you’re not careful!

Herbed Green Beans with Almonds is a Delicious Alternative to Green Bean Casserole

This dish is a delicious alternative to green bean casserole. It is dairy and gluten free, making it perfect for all my friends and family. I served these Herbed Green Beans with Almonds on Easter Sunday. It was such a tasty accompaniment to my Orange and Mustard Glazed Ham that we didn’t have any leftovers!

Herbed Green Beans with Almonds

5 from 5 votes
Recipe by Margaret Sanfelippo Course: Side DishesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Topping these green beans with a herb and citrus dressing and some slivered almonds is a great way to elevate the basic green bean and turn it into a celebratory dish!


  • 1 lb 1 green beans, ends trimmed

  • 2 tbsp 2 shallot, chopped

  • 4 tbsp 4 extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tbsp 1 parsley, chopped

  • 1 tbsp 1 basil, chopped

  • 2 tsp 2 chives, chopped

  • 1 tsp 1 lemon zest

  • 2 tsp 2 red wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp 1 salt

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 sliced almonds, toasted


  • First make the herb sauce. In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, basil, chives and lemon zest. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, red wine vinegar and stir until blended. Season with 1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan over medium heat, warm 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add the green beans and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm, about 8 minutes. Season with 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground pepper. Transfer to a serving dish.
  • Top with the herb sauce and toasted almonds. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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