These Green Beans with Almonds make the perfect side for any given dish. They are crunchy, tasty, tangy, and light. They are my first option for a heavy meal, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners.
This gem of a side dish is an absolute favorite for Christmas dinner, right up there with our miso maple-glazed carrots.
When the holidays whirl around, it's crucial to have a side dish recipe that's both delicious and a breeze to prepare. Before you know it, you're down to the wire, needing just minutes to whip up this scrumptious green bean dish sprinkled with crispy toasted almonds.
Green beans are versatile, perfect for a classic green bean casserole or a simple sauté. Keeping a bag of frozen green beans in your freezer is a smart move—they bring a pop of vibrant color to the plate and offer a fresh counterpoint to more indulgent dishes.
And let's not forget the almonds! Stocking your pantry with raw, flaked, or slivered almonds is a surefire way to introduce that delightful crunch to any meal at a moment's notice.
These flavorful green beans require only a couple of easy-to-find ingredients. You can put together this side dish in just a couple of minutes for any dinner party.
- Fresh green beans: Provide a crisp texture and a punch of fiber, vitamins, and a fresh taste.
- Garlic powder: Offers a concentrated, aromatic flavor that enhances the dish without the need for chopping.
- Spring onion: Adds a mild yet zesty crunch that brightens the overall dish.
- Lemon juice and zest: Contribute a tangy freshness and a zesty kick, perfect for cutting through richness.
- Clementine: An optional sweet citrus twist that complements the green beans with a festive note.
- Flaked or slivered almonds: Bring a toasty crunch and nutty depth to the dish, boosting its visual appeal.
- Vegan butter or margarine: Lends a creamy richness that coats the beans for a velvety finish.
Sea salt or kosher salt and pepper to season.
See quantities and complete instructions in the recipe card.
To make this Almond Green recipe, you need to follow simple steps.
Step 1. Toast the flaked almonds in a large skillet. In a skillet on low heat, toast the almonds carefully until golden brown, frequently stirring to prevent them from burning to keep their great flavor. Reserve.
Step 2. Melt the vegan butter on medium-low heat(or use extra virgin olive oil). Add the sliced spring onion and garlic powder to the almond mixture in the same skillet.
Add the citrus of your choice. Stir in the clementine and lemon juice.
Step 3. Steam the beans. Pick the fresh green beans and steam them using a steamer, or you can throw them in boiling water until they are crisp-tender.
Step 4. Assemble. Return the empty skillet to the stovetop on medium-high heat, add green beans, and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes. We want to keep the bright green beans' color.
Step 5. Season and serve. Off the heat, add the reserved toasted almonds and the spring onions and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately with chopped parsley if desired.
Tip: if you overdo the green beans cooking for a couple of minutes, put them under cold water to stop the cooking process and keep their bright color.
- Almonds - it doesn't matter which almonds you choose to use when it comes to flavor; it's a matter of texture. I prefer using either toasted almond flakes or toasted slivered almonds, but you can also use packed toasted almonds or even whole almonds, toast them, and use a knife to cut them. The result will be less visually appealing, but your green bean recipe will be equally delicious.
- Citrus - we like using some citrus to pair the toasted almonds flavor, lemons, clementines, and limes; they all work.
- Toppings - for Christmas, we love adding some red peppers on top for a festive look, but you can skip them and even add some vegan parmesan cheese on top for an extra flavor kick on your green beans. Check our vegan parmesan recipe.
In the fridge, you can store leftover green beans in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
Yes, they are! String bean plants produce pods that are full of fiber and delicious. The fibrous strings running along their length make them perfect for soups, stir-fries, curries, or other dishes where you want some texture to your meal!
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Green Beans with Flaked Toasted Almonds
- parsley to garnish
- Toast almonds. In a skillet on low heat, toast the almonds carefully to prevent them from burning. Reserve.
- Melt the vegan butter. In the same skillet over medium-low heat, melt the vegan butter (or margarine), add the sliced spring onion and garlic powder, and cook for a minute.
- Add juices. Stir in the clementine and lemon juices and 1 tablespoon water. About 2 minutes. Reserve.
- Steam green beans. Return the empty skillet to the stovetop, add the green beans, ½ cup water, and one teaspoon salt. Cover and cook over medium heat, occasionally stirring, until the beans are tender but have a crunchy bite, about 8 minutes.
- Season. Off the heat, add the reserved toasted almonds, the spring onions, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve with chopped parsley if desired.
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