Green Beans Almondine

5 from 1 vote
Absolutely fabulous and so darn easy! A classic French dish of sautéed greens beans and garlic, toasted almonds and a squeeze of lemon. It's bright, citrusy and nutty for a healthy side dish. (Far too delicious for how quickly it comes together!)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 7 mins
Total Time: 17 mins
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May 10, 2022 (Last updated Sep 23, 2022) by Hannah Sunderani

Green Beans Almondine

Hi friends! I’m so excited to be sharing this exclusive recipe from my debut cookbook; for my Green Beans Almondine!

Green beans almondine is a classic French-dish, made of sautéed greens beans, garlic, toasted almonds and a squeeze of lemon. It’s a bright, citrusy, nutty and a healthy side dish. (If you ask me, it’s far too delicious for how quickly it comes together!)

You can find this recipe on p. 223 of The Two Spoons Cookbook along with 100 more French-Inspired Vegan Recipes.

Lucky for you, I’m sharing this recipe as an exclusive on the blog; to give you a taste of what to expect in The Two Spoons Cookbook. I really think you’re going to LOVE this recipe (and the cookbook) as much as we do.

So, let me tell you exactly how to make these Green Beans Almondine! So that you can enjoy them pronto.

green beans almondine

Green Beans Almondine Recipe

This green beans almondine recipe is:

  • healthy, vegan and gluten-free
  • bright, citrusy, garlicky and refreshing
  • simple to make
  • requires just 7 ingredients
  • ready in 20 minutes from start to finish
  • a crowd-pleasing side dish (not just with vegans)

As you can see, this recipe is a must-make side dish! It’s perfect for the summer months when green beans are in season, and during Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas for a wholesome side dish. (It’s delicious served alongside my Holiday Salad and Nut Roast).

All-in-all, this recipe punches above its weight in terms of taste, considering how simple it is to make.

7 simple ingredients!

So, what do you need to make this recipe?

You’ll need:

  • slivered almonds
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • shallots
  • green beans
  • sea salt
  • lemons
  • (and salt and pepper)

As you can see, the ingredients are so fresh and simple. They’re easy to find and you don’t need to be a seasoned chef to make it. Which is why I have given it my Newbie Cook stamp of approval.

As well, the recipe is healthy, vegan and gluten-free. My husband (Mitch) and I can eat the ENTIRE BOWL in one sitting, and we have zero guilt about it! haha.

How to make Green Beans Almondine

As you’ll soon see, this recipe is so easy and straight forward to make.

To begin, you’ll start by toasting the almonds in a small skillet on medium heat until they are golden brown. Be sure to watch and stir frequently as they do burn easily! About 5 to 6 minutes.

Then, in a separate larger skillet we’ll add the chopped garlic and shallots. Turn to high heat, toss in the green beans and pan-fry until vivid green (about 5 to 6 minutes).

Finally, add salt and pepper, lemon zest and juice, and toss everything together to combine.

Sprinkle with the toasted almonds et voila; you’ve got yourself a scrumptious bowl of green beans almondine. It’s absolutely delicious and so darn easy!

close up of completed recipe in a white bowl

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To blanch, or not to blanch?

That is the question.

You’ll be pleased to hear that this recipe does not require blanching! That’s right, these green beans come out perfectly sans blanching.

Although I do like blanching green beans for some recipes (like my Salad Nicoise on p. 207 of The Two Spoons Cookbook), it’s not necessary for this recipe.

These green beans almondine come together perfectly without the hassle of blanching by using a large deep skillet, which disperses the heat well enough for even cooking.

In addition, cooking on high heat and stirring frequently allows the green beans to achieve the vivid green exterior and crunchy al-dente interior texture.

What is blanching, anyways? Blanching is the additional step of submerging the green beans to a large pot of salted boiling water for a few minutes, then transferring to a bowl of ice cold water to pre-cook the vegetables. Feel Good Foodie has a great article about How to Blanch Vegetables. As I mentioned, it’s not necessary for this recipe.

green beans almondine

Can you make Green Beans Almondine in advance?

Yes, you can make these green beans almondine in advance! I find the recipe is best when reheated in a skillet, but it can also be done in the oven or microwave.

I will mention that this recipe comes together in minutes! So I encourage you to eat it freshly made!

But, if you prefer to prepare in advance here’s how to zhoosh it up for later.

Best methods for re-heating green beans almondine:

1. Skillet/Frying Pan: My preferred method.

Prepare the green beans almondine as per recipe instructions EXCEPT save the toasted almonds (to be added when ready to serve). Let the green beans cool completely, store in the fridge in an air-tight container.

When ready to serve, reheat the Green Beans Almondine in a frying pan on medium-high heat for 2 minutes, until warmed and sizzling. Then add the toasted almonds to sprinkle.

Optional to add a squeeze more lemon juice to zhoosh it up.

2. Oven: Prepare the green beans almondine as per recipe instructions EXCEPT save the toasted almonds (to be added when ready to serve). Let cool completely, store in the fridge in an air-tight container.

When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 350F/180C, pour the green beans almandine into an oven safe dish and cover with the top with tin foil. Heat in the oven for 7-10 minutes, then sprinkle with the toasted almonds.

Optional to add a squeeze more lemon juice to zhoosh it up.

3. Microwave: Although not my favourite method because heating is inconsistent, this recipe can still be re-heated in the microwave.

Prepare the green beans almondine as per recipe instructions EXCEPT save the toasted almonds to the side (to be added when ready to serve). Let cool completely, store in the fridge in an air-tight container.

Transfer the green beans almondine to a microwave safe serving dish and microwave in the oven in 30 second increments until warm (likely no longer than 2x). Stirring the beans between increments will help with more even warming. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds.

Optional to add a squeeze more lemon juice to zhoosh it up.

As mentioned before, my preferred method for reheating is in the skillet or oven.

green beans almondine

What to serve with this recipe:

Some of my favourite ways to serve this greens beans almondine is with my Crispy Pan Fried Tofu, Vegan Stuffed Peppers, Nut Roast or Vegan Lentil Loaf.

Its compliments well with other side dishes like my Crispy Smashed Potatoes, Baked Sweet Potato Wedges, and Kale Sweet Potato Salad.

I also recommend enjoying these green beans almondine one of my featured Dinner Menu’s from The Two Spoons Cookbook: Featuring Butternut Squash Apple and Sage Soup (p. 197), Green Beans Almondine (p. 223) Moroccan Stuffed Eggplant with French Lentils and Parmesan (p. 241) and finishing with my Mousse au Chocolate (p. 281).

Other green beans recipes that you might like:

Turns out, I have a thing for green beans. If you do too, you might like these tasty recipes featuring green beans:

So there we have it, a quick and simple recipe for green beans almondine that’s bright citrusy, nutty, and comes together far too easily for how delicious it is! A classic french side-dish that’s popular with vegan and non-vegan alike.

I really think you’re going to enjoy this recipe as much as we do! And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.

And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons and #thetwospoonscookbook. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations!

And give the cookbook a peek when you have a chance! If you love this recipe then I’m sure you’re going to love the other 100 French-inspired vegan recipes from the cookbook.

Green Beans Almondine

5 from 1 vote
Absolutely fabulous and so darn easy! A classic French dish of sautéed greens beans and garlic, toasted almonds and a squeeze of lemon. It's bright, citrusy and nutty for a healthy side dish. (Far too delicious for how quickly it comes together!)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Serves 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 1 lb green beans trimmed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt finely ground
  • pinch pepper
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds, stirring often, until fragrant and golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. (Keep a close watch on the almonds, as they can quickly go from lightly brown to burnt.) Set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots are softened, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to high and add the green beans, salt, and pepper. Sauté the green beans until al dente, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour in the lemon juice, and sprinkle with the toasted almonds and lemon zest.Toss to combine. Serve hot.

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Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 784IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg
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