Light Garlic Green Beans with Pine Nuts

By yasmine • November 9, 2016

4 servings
30 min
Light Garlic Green Beans with Pine Nuts

A change to traditional green beans recipes, these garlicky green beans with pine nuts make a great side to any protein dish. It is also a filling veggie option on its own with added Parmesan or without.



  • 500 gram green beans - فاصوليا خضراء
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced) - فصوص ثوم
  • 2 lemon zest - قشر الليمون
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil - زيت زيتون
  • 2-3 tablespoon parmesan cheese (optional) - جبنة بارميزان
  • 1 handful pine nuts (toasted) - صنوبر
  • 1/2 cup parsley (finely chopped) - بقدونس

Step by step

  1. In a medium pot, boil water then add the green beans (each trimmed and cut into two). Let the beans simmer for 5 minutes then drain the boiling water and put the beans immediately in a bowl with ice water, to stop the cooking process and keep it's bright green colour. You may also place it in the fridge, instead.
  2. In the meantime, toast pine nuts for a couple of minutes in a small pan over medium heat until golden.
  3. In a small bowl, add lemon zest to minced garlic, one tablespoon olive oil, pine nuts, salt and pepper.
  4. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan and stir in the green beans for a couple of minutes. Then add the lemon zest/garlic mix and stir for another 2 minutes. Add fresh chopped parsley, and Parmesan, if using any, and serve immediately.


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