Looking for easy green bean recipes? Want the best healthy salad or a vegetable side dish? Nourishing green beans require little preparation and can be paired with a variety of dishes. See our ideas below and for more inspiration, see our runner bean recipes, spring green recipes, borlotti bean recipes and broad bean recipes.


Easy green bean recipes

Green bean curry

This vegetarian curry, adapted from Laxmi Khurana’s An Indian Housewife’s Recipe Book, is teeming with fragrant flavours and warming spice. You can use frozen beans, but it’s even better to use them fresh while at their best in the summer for extra crunch.

a metal pan containing green beans and tomato with a bowl of rice on a stone background

Healthy bean salad

This simple and healthy assortment of green beans, kidney beans and cannellini beans is easy to assemble yet offers impressive results, finished with a green tahini dressing for an extra boost.

Large Bowl of Green Beans, Kidney Beans and Pomegranate Seeds

Sichuan dry-fried green beans

We love the zing of sichaun peppercorns – they pair perfectly with robust green beans. This is one of the most popular takeaways among our team, but only takes minutes to recreate.

Szechuan Green Beans

Green beans with confit garlic and tahini dressing

This recipe for green beans with confit garlic and tahini dressing makes a quick and easy veggie side that's far from boring.

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Green beans with coconut

A wonderfully fragrant Sri Lankan side dish straight from the kitchen of Kolamba restaurant in London. A homemade unroasted curry powder and plenty of fresh grated coconut is the key.

Sri Lankan Green Beans Recipe Kolamba Restaurant

Peach, halloumi and green bean salad

One for the griddle or barbecue – peaches and halloumi are grilled then tossed with salad, nuts and green beans to make a fast, easy first course.

Peach Salad Recipe with Halloumi and Green Beans

Grains, greens and beans salad with pesto dressing

On the table in 15 minutes, this nutritious salad is packed with greens and wholegrains and tossed in fresh pesto.

Easy Grain Salad Recipe with Pesto Dressing

Greens and beans salad

This greens and beans salad is a quick and easy vegan salad for four. It's under 300 calories, so is a good recipe for a lighter dinner or quick lunch.

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Green bean, orange and tapenade salad

Ready in 20 minutes, this simple salad from 26 Grains in Covent Garden is packed with crunchy green beans, juicy oranges and homemade tapenade.

Green Bean Salad Recipe with Orange and Tapenade

Spiced green bean and tomato rice

Sabrina Ghayour takes a classic Persian recipe, loobia polow (rice cooked with green beans and meat), and makes it veggie for a showstopping meat-free main.

Vegetarian Rice and Beans Recipe with (Loobia Polow)

Sumac chicken and green bean salad

This sumac chicken and green bean salad is ready in just 20 minutes and comes in at under 300 calories, making it perfect for an easy midweek meal.

Sumac Chicken Recipe with Green Bean Salad


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