13 great green bean recipes that will be the star of your next meal

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Green beans make a mean side dish. Here's how to make them right.

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Haricots Verts and Freekeh with Minty Tahini Dressing

Ranch dressing has nothing on this dressing. The secret to making something that's even better than ranch is with Mediterranean flavors: mint provides the herbal backbone, while tahini gives it some creaminess.

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Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Green Bean Niçoise Salad

This vegetarian version of the classic French salad is brimming with bright spring vegetables, a lemony Dijon dressing, and tangy fried capers.

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Photo by Andrew Purcell, Prop Styling by Alex Brannian, Food Styling by Carrie Purcell

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Coconut

This is going to be your new favorite way to serve green beans.

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Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Ali Nardi

Five-Bean Salad With Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

Your bean salad called. It wants to get spiced up.

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Photo by Chelsea Kyle

Snap Peas and Green Beans with Arugula-Mint Pesto

This almond-arugula pesto is so good, you'll want extra for sandwiches, eggs, or maybe just on its own.

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More: Crunchy, Healthy, Tasty Bean Salads

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Bean Salad with Lemon and Herbs

Make your picnic into a real getaway with this three-bean salad. Toss snappy green beans with cooked fresh shell beans, canned cannellini, briny capers, and zippy lemon for a punchy cold side.

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The Crunchiest Vegetable Salad

A bowl of ice water stops the blanched vegetables from cooking and ensures they stay tender-crisp. The salt in the ice water seasons the veggies and chills them even further.

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Asparagus Green Onion Sauté

The snap of green beans combined with the silky, mild bite of green onions brings a welcome pop of color and texture to the plate.

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Green Beans with Shallots, Hazelnuts, and Tarragon

Make your green beans into buttery beans. By cooking the vegetables together with water and butter, the water eventually cooks out, leaving a buttery glaze. Top everything with sharp shallot and toasty hazelnuts for a dish that's low effort with high returns.

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3-Ingredient Lemony Green Beans With Frizzled Leeks

Olive oil-fried leeks add crunch, flavor, and an impressive look to this classic Thanksgiving side.

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More: 11 Ways to Eat Your Green Vegetables

Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Astrid Chastka, Food Styling by Anna Hampton

Blistered Green Beans With Tomato-Almond Pesto

Inspired by Spanish romesco, this sauce is made with cherry tomatoes, which are usually the best-tasting type in the market when tomatoes aren't in season.

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Green Beans With Mushroom XO Sauce

In Hong Kong, where XO sauce was invented, dried shrimp or scallops and Chinese ham are combined with chiles to create a powerhouse condiment that is salty, spicy, and funky. This recipe uses mushrooms in place of the pork, a cheeky reference to green bean casseroles.

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Green Bean Salad with Fennel and Toasted Pecan Dukkah

Dukkah—a rich nut and spice blend—is easy to make and lends a zesty kick to this gorgeous crisp salad.

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Photo by Tara Donne, Prop Styling by Alex Brannian, Food Styling by Cyd McDowell

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