Green beans are one of the simplest side dishes what doesn’t make them less enjoyable. Basic aromatics, such as garlic, lemon, orange, and flavored butters and oils make these legumes or vegetables (I still prefer to call them vegetables) really delightful. They are great in salads, soups, appetizers, and as a side dish.
In this recipe warm green beans absorb aroma of the walnut oil and citrus. The final result is pleasing – a delicate nutty flavor with zesty lemony touch. For extra crunchiness and more powerful sour taste you can add some chopped walnuts and lemon juice.
I really like to use French green beans for this side dish. For me, they are more tender and looking more attractive. And I always have a bag of good quality frozen green beans in my fridge what makes my life and my choice easier.
Excellent light and healthy side for steaks, chops, fish, chicken, or turkey.
If using fresh beans, wash them and cut off the ends.
In a pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add green beans, bring to a boil on high heat, lower the heat and simmer for 2-5 minutes (exact time depends on personal preferences: how firm or soft you like the beans).
Drain the beans, mix with walnut oil, lemon zest and red pepper flakes.
Serve, optionally, drizzling with lemon juice and sprinkling with chopped walnuts.
Cook with pleasure and enjoy the world!