Green Beans with Lemon and Shallots

By Maria Lichty

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green beans with lemon and shallots

I am a daddy’s girl. I have a lot in common with my dad-we both enjoy sports, baking/cooking, flowers, and I even inherited his stubbornness:)  The one thing we will never agree on-vegetables. I love all veggies. I really can’t think of one that I don’t like. My father is the exact opposite. The only vegetables he will eat are corn and green  beans-oh and potatoes-he is from Idaho:) I have tried for years to convince him how wonderful and tasty veggies are, but he is still not buying it:)

My dad was visiting last week so I made green beans to make sure he got at least one serving of vegetables for the week:) I jazzed the green beans up with fresh lemon juice and shallots. I sauteed them until they were bright green. I like my green beans to have a nice crisp crunch, so I was careful to not overcook them.

My dad had a healthy serving of green beans for dinner. I am glad he got some greens into his diet while visitng.

Try this easy, healthy side dish. Green beans go well with just about every meal and they are so simple to make.


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Green Beans with Lemon and Shallots

These easy green beans go great with any meal!
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  • 1 pound green beans wash and snap off the ends
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced shallots
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large saute pan heat the olive oil. Add the shallots. Cook for one minute.
  • Stir in the green beans. Pour the juice of one lemon over the green beans in the pan. Toss the green beans and cook until tender, but still crisp.
  • Season the beans with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I just bought a huge bag of green beans from costco and I have a bunch of lemons. I even have shallots! 🙂 Guess what side dish were having for dinner this weekend?
    Great picture!!!

  2. I love shallots. They are the ingredient which made me learn to love onions! I love adding them in everything. Deeeelish. 🙂

  3. These look delicious! I love the idea of shallots and lemon. Sometimes you just need to change it up, plain steamed veggies can get old for me. I bet these have a ton of flavor! Great photos – those light boxes must be working out for you. Everything is so bright and crisp!

  4. I love green beans, so fresh and so colorful on the plate. Your recipe sounds wonderful as usual. Great way to start your year with your Dad in town!

  5. When you love to cook, sometimes it’s easy to forget that simple is best. It brings the natural flavors of the veggies out. Looks delicious!

  6. Ooh aren’t you good, these are ideal for whilst I’m doing Ten in 10. The green in this photo looks amazing. Did you take picture outside?

  7. Sarah-my hubs bought me a light studio for Christmas. I work ten hour days so I rarely get to shoot in natural light. I guess the lights are working:)

  8. This is such a simple but so flavorful way to prepare green beans. I know I would love it. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is kind of like your dad… he’ll pretty much just eat corn on the cob (it must be on the cob) and broccoli. And then he does okay with salads – plain lettuce (no spring mix), peppers, cucumbers, and red onion.

  9. This sounds really good. My kids make quite the mess with green beans- they believe they can only eat the beans inside, so they open them up!

  10. Those look great! I hadn’t thought of pairing lemon with green beans, but it sounds fabulous! I’ll have to try that.

  11. I am with your dad, I hate vegetables. Especially now during my pregnancy. However, I’ve actually found that I still have an appetite for green beans! Yours looks very healthy and delicious.

  12. I’m with you, I love all vegetables. I didn’t use to but in the past couple of years I have finally learned how to cook them to really bring out each of their unique flavors. Green beans are high on my list and yours look delicious!

  13. I like the way Americans “dress up” French green beans. In France, we tend to steam them and add a few flat parsley leaves. You could add butter if you are not serving them along a meat/fish “en sauce”…but that’s pretty much it. I have come to dressing mine more and more and as a result, my children are eating them with enthusiasm. Just that is worth the extra effort!

  14. Yum! These beans look great. Love the picture with the lemon slice… Beautiful colors.

  15. Delicious! I really like the addition of lemon.

    You guys have a great night in as well, Maria!! 🙂

  16. Your dad is missing out! Veggies are the best. I like my green beans with a bit of a crunch too – they look tasty.

  17. Nice looking side dish. I agree that something like beans are best when left super simple like that. Gotta admit that the shallots make them super fancy 🙂

    And for the sports lover in you, isn’t it cool it’s wild card weekend? 🙂

  18. wow the green beans looks really plump! I’m not a big fan of veg either, I eat them cause my hubs forces me to.

  19. the green beans look great, but what I’m really curious about is the light studio you mentioned in a previous comment. Can I ask what you’re using? I’m consistently struggling with taking pictures at night. sometimes i succeed, sometimes they look terrible. If you have any advice or suggestions, I’d really appreciate it – your pictures are beautiful!

  20. These green beans look gorgeous!! I am a fan of everything vegetables, so you would have no problem serving me these beans. There is a fine line between cooked just right and overcooked beans. These look just right! 🙂

  21. Hi! I’m new to your blog. I love the lemon and shallots add such a great, mild flavor to so many things! I just know those green beans are amazing.

  22. These look great Maria!

    Love the way your blog is looking. Are you happy with the switch to Word Press?

    Oh hmm, I don’t see a way to subscribe to this post? 🙁

  23. This was wonderful tonight with broiled haddock, an easy and tasty side that I will be making again. Thank you!