Minted French Green Beans

This low-cal side dish recipe is ideal for a summer cookout. Haricots verts, thin sweet green beans, are available from April through July. Refrigerate them, wrapped in plastic, up to several days before using.

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs
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Minted French Green Beans
Ingredients
8
ounces haricots vert or other small, thin green beans (2 cups)
1
tablespoon minced shallot
2
teaspoons olive oil
2
teaspoons snipped fresh mint
 
Salt
 
Freshly ground pepper
Directions
  1. Rinse beans. Trim tips off beans, if desired. Drain. Place a steamer basket in a large skillet. Add water to just below the bottom of basket.
  2. Bring to boiling. Add beans. Cover. Steam for 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water. (Or, plunge into ice water.) Drain well.
  3. In a mixing bowl toss beans with shallot, oil, and mint. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve as a salad or side dish. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Minted French Green Beans)
    Per serving:
  • 40 kcal cal.,
  • 2 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat,
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 39 mg sodium,
  • 5 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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