Garlicky Yogurt Green Beans with Walnuts

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Side Angle Photo of yogurt green beans that have been blanched and tossed with walnuts and yogurt sauce.

While I have my favorite summer produce (sweet corn), green beans are a close second. I know that may sound strange but I absolutely adore fresh green beans. I grew up with mostly only eating canned green beans at holidays and even that was sparse. I didn't fall in love until the CSA where I was able to pick my own.

These garlicky yogurt green beans are the perfect side for a cookout or picnic. Yogurt keeps a bit better than mayo and with the addition of garlic, it's a powerful dressing. Add to that toasted walnuts and you have a perfect side. Of course, I'd gladly eat this for lunch too!

Yogurt Green Beans


Nuts: I love the flavor of the toasted walnuts but you could use pecans instead. Or, if you wanted to go nut-free, sunflower seeds would be lovely with the green beans and yogurt.

Grains: I've bulked this salad up a bit with the addition of grains. Sorghum, farro, and barley are my top choices. Make extra dressing, though. The grains will really soak it up as the salad sits.

Roasted: If you feel like turning on the oven, roasting the green beans, instead of blanching only, makes for a delicious flavor and texture. I recommend following a process like in this recipe.

Side Angle Photo of green beans that have been blanched and tossed with walnuts and yogurt sauce.

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Garlicky Yogurt Green Beans with Walnuts

4 servings
A beautiful, easy summer side featuring blanched green beans tossed with toasted walnuts and a delicious yogurt sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Green Beans
  • ½ pound green beans
  • cup crushed walnuts (toasted)
Yogurt Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest (about half a lemon)
  • 1/4 cup plain (whole milk yogurt)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch or two of salt
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Snap the ends from the greens beans and drop into the water. Blanch the beans until bright green and just tender, 4 or so minutes. Transfer the green beans to an ice bath and let cool.
  2. Place the green beans in a bowl along with the crushed walnuts. In a separate bowl combine the ingredients for the dressing, whisking to combine. Pour over the green beans and toss until well combined.
Tips & Tricks: To toast the walnuts, place in a dry skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, shaking the pan often, until the walnuts are fragrant and starting to brown.
Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: green beans, yogurt, walnuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time :5 minutes

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12 comments on “Garlicky Yogurt Green Beans with Walnuts”

  1. Recipe says: 2 tablespoons cup fresh minced dill

    What does this mean?
    Sounds great, eager to try it!


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