How to Jazz Up Your Green Beans

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Join Extension Agent Margie Mansure and self-proclaimed “Food Fan” Eric Stafford in this 16-minute video to learn how to add pizazz to your green beans.

First, cook your green beans:

  1. 1 pound green beans, snapped into 1” pieces, or larger pieces if preferred.
  2. Place in a saucepan and cover beans with water. Turn heat to high until boiling, then turn down to a simmer until they are cooked to the texture you like, between 3 and 15 minutes.
  3. Or, if you prefer to steam them, boil your water and place beans in a steam basket. Cook until your beans are the texture you like.

Mexican-Style Green Bean Salad


  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup pickled banana peppers, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. In a medium-size bowl, stir together all ingredients except feta cheese. Toss with 1 pound of green beans and allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes. Toss in cheese right before serving.

Lemon Green Beans with Parsley and Almonds


  •  8 ounces cooked green beans (around 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds, dry-roasted
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-low to medium heat. Add cooked green beans and season with salt, pepper, lemon, and lemon zest, stirring until heated through. Toss in almonds and parsley and serve.

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Margie Mansure, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargie MansureExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences - Nutrition and Foods Call Margie E-mail Margie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Watauga County Center
Posted on Oct 5, 2020
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