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Sautéed French green beans with walnuts and capers in a bowl

French Green Beans with Walnut Vinaigrette

Posted by: ari | well seasoned

Every day sautéed string beans get the star treatment with the addition of a salty, crunchy walnut and anchovy vinaigrette. Add lots of fresh herbs and scallions to brighten up the flavor. An easy, light side dish for holiday meals and weeknights alike!

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Posted by: ari | well seasoned
Sautéed French green beans with walnuts and capers in a bowl
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Sautéed French Green Beans

Every day sautéed string beans get the star treatment with the addition of a salty, crunchy walnut and anchovy vinaigrette. Add lots of fresh herbs and scallions to brighten up the flavor. An easy, light side dish for holiday meals and weeknights alike!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: haricot verts, string beans, thanksgiving side dish
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 173kcal
Author: ari | well seasoned

Ingredients

  • 1 lb French green beans (haricot verts), trimmed, see note below
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 anchovy filets
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped herbs such as dill, tarragon, chives, parsley, or chervil
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp capers drained, chopped
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • pinch of granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large scallions cut into 1" pieces

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add chopped walnuts. Cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes, stirring often so they don't burn. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil to the skillet, then add anchovies. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to carefully press into and break apart the filets. Be careful, oil may splatter. Cook until the anchovies are melted and broken down, then pour into a mixing bowl.
    Toasting walnuts and anchovies in a skillet
  • Make the vinaigrette. To the bowl with the anchovy oil, add chopped herbs, vinegar, capers, Dijon, whole grain mustard, and sugar. Whisk to combine, then set aside.
    Walnut and anchovy vinaigrette
  • Cook the French green beans. Add remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil to the skillet, then heat over medium-high heat. When hot, add trimmed green beans and cook, stirring often, until blistered (not burnt!), about 5-7 minutes. Green beans should still have a slight crunch to them. Season with kosher salt.
    Sautéing green beans in a skillet
  • Add the vinaigrette. Pour the anchovy vinaigrette into the skillet along with the sliced scallions, then toss to combine. Transfer cooked green beans to a large serving bowl. Top with toasted walnuts, then serve immediately or at room temperature.
    Close up of sautéed string beans with capers and anchovies

Notes

  • If you can't find haricot verts (French green beans), use traditional green beans, trimmed and cleaned. Note that cook time will be a few minutes longer as green beens are thicker than haricot verts. 
  • Alternatively, if cooking traditional green beans, you can parboil them for 3 minutes in boiling water, then transfer to warm skillet to sauté to help them cook quicker. 
  • Don't want to sauté the green beans? Add the toasted walnuts and anchovy vinaigrette over your favorite green beans (steamed, roasted, boiled)!
  • We leave the string beans whole (but trimmed) for presentation, but they can of course be cut into 1" pieces before being sautéed.
  • Green beans tossed with the vinaigrette can be served warm or room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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