Spicy Green Beans with Herb Salad

Author Alison Roman utilizes anchovy filets in this full-flavored veggie side dish. If working with anchovies doesn't appeal to you, use the anchovy paste option to add the salty umami flavor you'll crave.

Spicy Green Beans with Herb Salad
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 cups


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 4 small shallots, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 - 4 anchovy fillets or 2 tsp. anchovy paste (optional)

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar, plus more to finish

  • 1 ½ pound green beans, trimmed

  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley (leaves and tender stems)

  • ½ cup fresh dill leaves

  • ½ cup fresh mint and/or cilantro (leaves and tender stems)


  1. In a large Dutch oven heat the 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high. Add shallots and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper. Cook, without stirring, 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown on one side. Stir and let them brown a bit more, another 4 to 5 minutes. If desired, add anchovies and let them sizzle and dissolve. Stir in crushed red pepper.

  2. Add the 2 tablespoons vinegar; simmer 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in green beans and 1/2 cup water. Season with salt and black pepper. Simmer, covered, 10 to 12 minutes or until totally tender. Remove from heat. Season with salt, black pepper, and, if desired, additional crushed red pepper.

  3. For herb salad: Toss parsley, dill, and mint with a splash of vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and black pepper.

  4. Transfer bean mixture to a large shallow bowl. Scatter herb salad over beans before serving. Serves 6.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
10g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 27.6mg 138%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 421mg 9%
Folate, total 62mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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