15 Uses for Green Beans

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15 Uses for Green Beans

Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans

Add a little tang to your green beans with this tip from the F&W Test Kitchen.

Click here for the recipe: Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans

Green Bean-Tomato Salad with Herbs

Salade Niçoise is one of the great summer dishes of Southern France. It's the centerpiece of a party that's all about sunny Mediterranean style, from the wine to the plates to the tea towels.

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Grilled Green Bean Salad with Lentil Vinaigrette

Most cooks boil, steam or sauté green beans, but grilling them as Alex Seidel of Denver's Fruition does here gives them a delicious char that's superb.

Click here for the recipe: Grilled Green Bean Salad with Lentil Vinaigrette

Chicken Shawarma with Green Beans and Zucchini

Ana Sortun coats chicken thighs with a lengthy list of spices that includes allspice and nutmeg, then braises them in beer and garlic.

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Quick Vegetable Sauté

Add a little shallot and dried dill or tarragon to any mixture of frozen vegetables and have a delicious side dish on the table fast.

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Mashed-Potato Spring Rolls

David Chang took F&W's Thanksgiving challenge by improvising a Momofuku-style feast from basic leftovers, including turning mashed potatoes and green beans into this crispy canapé.

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Spicy Green Papaya Salad

For this Thai classic, Andy Ricker uses a mortar and pestle to pound crunchy raw green beans with a piquant mix of chiles, garlic, fish sauce and lime juice.

Click here for the recipe: Spicy Green Papaya Salad

Green Beans with Bacon & Hazelnuts

The toasted smoky flavors in this fast sauté make it a warm addition to any winter meal.

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Turkey-Stuffing Bundles

This pastry-wrapped main dish combines turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables and cranberry sauce in individual "pot pies."

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Potato-Green Bean Salad

This incredible potato salad has an extra crisp taste thanks to the green beans and the tarragon-shallot vinaigrette.

Click here for the recipe: Potato-Green Bean Salad

Golden Polenta & Egg with Mustard Sauce

Here's a streamlined version of Eggs Benedict: purchased polenta, boiled eggs and an easy, no-cook homage to hollandaise. It's a quick dinner or great brunch.

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Green Beans with Poppy Seed Dressing

These warm, fresh-tasting beans offer an exciting alternative to old standby mushroom-soup-based green-bean casseroles.

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Green Bean Casserole

This healthy revision of green bean casserole skips the canned soup and all the fat and sodium that come with it.

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Green Beans with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Inspired by a Lebanese pasta dish, we toss steamed green beans with garlicky yogurt for an easy side dish. Try it with roast lamb.

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Green Beans with Caramelized Red Onions

For an attractive presentation, trim the stem ends of the beans, leaving the pointed ends intact. Most fresh beans today do not require stringing.

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Fresh green beans are more than just tasty. With no saturated fat, they are very low in calories and contain vitamins and minerals. They're a rich source of dietary fiber, not to mention that they go well when paired with almost any meal.

Whether you use them as an ingredient within a main dish or as a separate side dish, green beans can be made to taste a million different ways. OK, maybe not a million, but we bet it's close.

If you're looking for a good source of iron and calcium, check out the slideshow above for 15 green bean recipes!

Want more fall-inspired ideas? Try these Hearty Fall Recipes and Top 6 Fall Fruits.

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