It’s no wonder that green beans are a beloved vegetable common to many world cuisines. They’re easy to grow, quick to cook, and super versatile. Here’s an generous collection of plant-rich easy green bean recipes.
The season for good, fresh green beans is relatively short (in the Western world, that would be midsummer). Other times of year, you can opt for frozen green beans, which are among the best of frozen vegetable as far as flavor and texture.
Are green beans good for you?
Yes, indeed! Green beans are high in fiber, low in calories, and a good source of Vitamin C and iron. They’re rich in antioxidants, too. Get the full nutritional profile of green beans.
Thanks to the talented bloggers who participated in this roundup of green bean recipes for permission to link to their recipes and reprint their photos. Who knew that there are so many easy ways to use green beans?
Green Bean Side dishes
Green Beans with Tomatoes and Chili Peppers (Ejotes): This southwestern-inspired dish featuring green beans with tomatoes and chiles takes full advantage of this versatile green vegetable during its brief season.
Sauteéd Green Beans and Mushrooms: From No Frills Kitchen comes a great sophisticated side dish. Topped with homemade crispy shallots, it’s sure to be the hit of any meal you serve it with!
Sizzling Chinese Green Beans: From World of Vegan, this traditional Chinese dish will make anyone fall in love with green beans. The silky garlicky brown sauce comes together quickly and cooks with fresh green beans to create absolute restaurant-worthy perfection.
Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon: From The Food Blog comes a simple, all-round delicious side dish. It’s equally perfect as a side dish with family dinners, or with fancy feasts.
Green Beans and Tomatoes, Italian Style: From She Loves Biscotti, this simple and very flavorful vegan recipe will provide you with the perfect side dish throughout the year.
Roasted Green Bean with Tahini: From Healing Tomato, a simple and tasty presentation of fresh green beans and mushrooms roasted in the oven, with a spicy tahini dressing.
Oven Roasted Green Beans: From Joy Food Sunshine, the most delicious oven roasted green beans with only 6 ingredients in 20 minutes. Baked green beans are an easy vegetable side dish perfect for the holidays or a weeknight meal.
Amazing Roasted Green Beans: From The Short Order Cook, tender yet crispy green beans that are packed with so much flavor thanks to the Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.
How to Cook Frozen Green Beans: From Freezer Foodie, here’s an easy way to roast frozen green beans that tastes great and is largely hands-off! You’ll love this tender and tasty veggie side dish.
Green Beans with Almonds and Olives: From Homemade in the Kitchen, an easy vegan side dish that embellished green beans with almonds and olives!
Potatoes and Green Beans: From Nibble and Dine, oven-roasted potatoes and green beans that are a breeze to prepare, and can be made in just about 30 minutes on a single sheet pan.
Blistered Green Beans: From Two Healthy Kitchens, blistered green beans that are the ultimate in simplicity, yet they don’t taste simple at all. You’ll be surprised how complex and delicious they are, with deep, caramelized flavors thanks to the magic of oven-roasting!
Blistered Green Beans with Dijon Vinaigrette: Blistered green beans with a little something extra. Roasting them in a hot pan concentrates their flavor so they hold their own with the Dijon mustard and lemon in the vinaigrette.
Green Beans with Garlic: From Fried Dandelions, these easy green beans with garlic are the perfect addition to any weeknight meal. The best part—they come together in less than 10 minutes!
Aloo Beans (Indian Style Green Beans with Potato): From Green Bowl 2 Soul, the dish known as ki sabzi is an Indian stir-fry made with green beans and potatoes. This easy Indian-style recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Grilled Green Beans (with cumin and smoked paprika): From Pinch and Swirl, grilled green beans that are tender and smoky with crisp edges. Just toss the green beans in a simple mixture of oil, herbs and spices then transfer to a grilling basket / pan.
Grilled Green Beans (with a simple garlic soy seasoning): From Running to the Kitchen, easy grilled green beans combining the perfect smoky char flavor with a tender bite. Tossed in a simple garlic soy sauce, they make a great side dish to almost any summer meal.
Air Fryer Green Beans: From No Sweat Vegan, these air fryer green beans are crispy and perfectly seasoned with lemon juice and vegan parmesan. They make a delicious and easy side dish that’s quick enough for a weeknight but elegant enough for a holiday meal!
Beans Poriyal with Coconut: From My Cooking Journey this green bean curry is a very popular side dish, especially in South Indian lunch menus. It’s very simple to make and can be made in less than 30 minutes.
Stir-Fried Sesame Green Beans: Made in-season stir-fried sesame green beans is a delectable side dish. The window for good, fresh green beans happens in midsummer, so take advantage!
Din Tai Fun Green Beans (Smothered in Garlic): From Urban Farmie, garlic-smothered green beans are crispy, savory, and addictively delicious! They’re perfect as a side dish, or even as part of a main course with rice!
Asian Green Beans: From Eat Plant Based, Asian flavored green beans that are slightly crisp and full of flavor. It’s a perfect side dish and a breeze to make in minutes!
Green Beans in Soups and Stews
Potato Soup with Red Beans, Green Beans, & Fresh Herbs: Embellished with red or pink beans and green beans, this is a perfect soup for chilly, rainy spring evenings, though you can make it any time of year.
Thai Vegetable Stew with Coconut-Peanut Sauce: In this Thai vegetable stew, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and peppers are enveloped in a rich coconut peanut sauce. Served over Asian rice noodles, it’s a delectable one-dish meal.
Vegan Green Curry with Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes: From Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen, a great go-to dinner dishes for chilly days. Full of chickpeas, green beans, sweet potato, and carrots, this Thai style curry is warm and comforting, and it’s easy to customize it to your liking.
Tofu Stew with Corn, Green Beans, and Tomatoes: An easy skillet dish, this is an ideal seasonal dinner main dish for summer and early fall, cool-weather substitutions are provided so that you can make it year-round.
Greek Vegetable Stew with Tofu “Feta”: This interpretation of a classic Greek vegetable stew is enlivened with bites of tofu “feta.” Filled with potatoes, green beans, and tomatoes, it’s delicious with a crusty whole-grain bread.
“Beefy” Seitan Stew: Seitan gives this vegetable-filled stew a hearty texture. It’s a “beefy” vegan seitan stew that proves you can do without actual meat.
Other main dishes featuring green beans
Spicy Tempeh and Green Bean Stir-Fry: An easy, spicy tempeh and green bean stir-fry by Dianne Wenz proving that these ingredients were meant for each other. Amp up or tone down the spice to suit your taste in this no-fuss vegan main dish.
Asian Noodles with Green Beans and Walnuts: This recipe is a perfect light dish to make in that brief window when slender fresh green beans are available in the summer.
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Buddha Bowls: From The Roasted Root, a beautiful bowl with roasted sweet potato, cauliflower, chickpea, and green beans. Toasted macadamia nuts and cashew cream sauce add a flavorful flourish to a balanced vegan and paleo friendly dinner!
Lemony Bulgur Pilaf with Green Beans and Mushrooms: Here’s a hearty bulgur pilaf with a lilting lemon flavor, embellished with green beans, white beans, fresh herbs, and nuts.
Colorful Quinoa and Edamame Pilaf: An easy and colorful quinoa and edamame pilaf combines two high-protein plant foods in one tasty dish. Using good-quality frozen vegetables eases the prep.
Vegan Low Country Broil: With fresh corn (still on the cob), potatoes, green beans, and plant protein, Hannah Kaminsky of BittersweetBlog brings this classic recipe into the 21st century, made on one pan in the oven.
Vegan Green Bean Casserole, 4 ways
Our Basic Vegan Green Bean Casserole: Here’s a no-frills recipe for this fall and winter favorite that easily updates the comfort food classic. Nothing fancy, just really good, and super easy — using fresh or frozen green beans.
Dairy-Free Green Bean Casserole: From Healthy My Lifestyle, the a traditional green bean casserole is made without dairy and requires only 9 ingredients. It’s also gluten-free and comes together quickly, making it the perfect side dish for busy nights or holiday meals!
Vegan Green Bean Casserole (without Mushrooms): From The Recipe Well, This gorgeous, creamy Vegan Green Bean Casserole is the perfect addition to your plant-based holiday meal. Made with fresh green beans and without canned soup or mushrooms, this easy side dish is a crowd pleaser!
Vegan Green Bean Casserole: From This Wife Cooks, on the other hand, is an ultra-rich version of the classic casserole featuring plenty of vegan sour cream, vegan Parmesan, and a whole pound of gourmet mushrooms!
Green Beans in Salads
Chickpeas and Green Beans with Balsamic Mushrooms: Though it’s meant to be served at room temperature, I hesitate to call this a salad. So let’s just call it a cool dish that goes well with many kinds of meals.
Indonesian-Style Gado-Gado: This composed vegetable platter is inspired by a classic Indonesian dish. Translated literally as “mix-mix,” that’s just what Gado-gado is — a mélange of raw and cooked vegetables, arranged on a platter and served with a rich peanut-coconut dressing.
Vegan Niçoise-Style Salad: Bearing its French elegance beautifully, vegan Niçoise salad is a composed dish that may look fancy, but is incredibly easy to make.
Spring Niçoise Salad with Green Beans and Shallot Vinaigrette: From Yummy Mummy Kitchen, another beautiful plant-based Niçoise salad. It’s perfect for a brunch or dinner!
Italian Potato Salad with Green Beans (and tomatoes): From She Loves Biscotti, this easy-to-make creamy Italian Potato Salad with green beans will quickly become your favorite summer potluck recipe. You are going to love this no mayo potato salad!
Classic 3 Bean Salad: The 3 bean salad recipe is an American classic. Simple, sturdy, and naturally plant-based, it’s perfect for potlucks and picnics.
Four-Bean Salad: From Aussie Home Cook, this quick and easy four bean salad is simple and delicious. With a tangy vinaigrette it’s perfect for a bbq, bring a plate (pot luck) or a picnic.
Festive 5 Bean Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette: This party-size salad recipe is a good choice when you need a company dish that’s fast, inexpensive, and goes a long way.