Want a go to holiday dish to share with family and friends? You’ll love this green bean side dish. It’s sweet, savory, satisfying, and a huge hit with family and friends.

Green Bean Side Dish

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5 from 6 votes

DIFFICULTY / TIME

Easy / 30 minutes

POSTED ON

December 16, 2020

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Green beans or green bean casserole are often a staple side dish for holiday gathers. But what if we could fancy them up a bit without making them complicated? Just add in some quinoa, cranberries, walnuts, and an inspiring sauce.

Everyday vegetables like green beans can be made more flavorful by whipping up a quick and wholesome dressing. In this green bean side dish, the dijon mustard takes the green beans to a new level and will excite your taste buds.

Green Bean Side Dish Ingredients

HOW TO MAKE THIS GREEN BEAN SIDE DISH

Let’s learn how to make this green bean side dish. You can start making this recipe by adding the uncooked quinoa, garlic powder, salt and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Then, reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Set aside.

Heat a pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add the oil and green beans. Sauté for a few minutes and flip occasionally until the green beans have a slight brown color. Set aside.

Green Bean Side Dish

Add the walnuts to a pan on medium high heat and toast for a few minutes. Flipping occasionally. Set aside.

Place the dried cranberries in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes. This allows the cranberries to get more plump.

To make the dijon dressing, add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl. Give it a stir until well combined.

Green Bean Side Dish

For serving the green bean side dish, grab a large bowl and add the quinoa, green beans, and spoonfuls of the dressing and mix. Then add the cranberries and walnuts. Note that the walnuts taste best when added last, so if you won’t be eating all of this green bean side dish save some walnuts to add to leftovers later.

Green Bean Side Dish

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Green Bean Side Dish

5 from 6 votes
Want a go to holiday dish to share with family and friends? You’ll love this green bean side dish. It’s sweet, savory, satisfying, and a huge hit with family and friends.
GUIDE
Course Side Dish
Cuisine healthy
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
INGREDIENTS

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
  • 1 cup green beans ends trimmed and cut
  • 1/3 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Dijon Dressing

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 3/4 lemon
INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions

  • Add the uncooked quinoa, garlic powder, salt and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Then, reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat a pan over medium high heat. Once hot, add the oil and green beans. Sauté for a few minutes and flip occasionally until the green beans have a slight brown color. Set aside.
  • Add the walnuts to a pan on medium high heat and toast for a few minutes. Flipping occasionally. Set aside.
  • Place the dried cranberries in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes. This allows the cranberries to get more plump.
  • To make the dijon dressing, add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl. Give it a stir until well combined.
  • For serving the green bean side dish, grab a large bowl and add the quinoa, green beans, and spoonfuls of the dressing and mix. Then add the cranberries and walnuts. Enjoy!
NOTES

Notes

I prefer to use fresh green beans for this green bean side dish. They are more flavorful and crisp than frozen green beans.
NUTRITION FACTS
Calories: 237calCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 260mgPotassium: 245mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 127IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
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4 Comments

  1. Sara December 25, 2020 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I loved this dish! It’s so different – never thought about pairing green beans and quinoa. SO delicious. The tahini dressing is amazing – slightly sweet. I will be making this yummy dish again soon!

    • Emily December 27, 2020 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing this Sara and glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Sophie April 2, 2021 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Amazing! The cranberries are a perfect addition. I added chickpeas for a little extra protein. This was one of the best dishes I’ve had in a long time. 10/10 would recommend

    • Emily Nick April 5, 2021 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing this Sophie!! And what a great idea with adding in chickpeas. :)

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