2000s Recipes + Menus

Green Beans with Lemon and Oil

Serves6 (side-dish)
  • Active time:20 min
  • Start to finish:20 min
March 2003
The fresh flavor of green beans is highlighted by lemon and olive oil.
  • 1 lb thin green beans such as haricots verts, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • Cook beans in a 5-quart pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking. Drain and pat dry.
  • Toss beans with oil, salt, and pepper to taste, then toss with lemon juice and half of zest. Serve beans sprinkled with remaining zest.
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