Green bean nation – this one is for you! A simple, yet flavorful creation which has you realize why this little green pod is just so good. This side is a great addition to any meal.[recipe servings=4 time=20 Minutes difficulty=Easy]
1 Pound Green Beans, Trimmed
½ Cup Walnuts, Roughly Chopped
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper, to Taste
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Shallot, Minced
1 Garlic Clove, Minced
½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
½ Lemon, Juiced
Fresh Cilantro, Minced, for Garnish [/recipe-ingredients][recipe-directions]
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Have a large bowl of ice water nearby. Submerge the green beans in the boiling water for 2 minutes, until bright green and crisp-tender, being careful not to overcook. Then immediately transfer to the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat the green beans dry.
- Toast the walnuts by heating a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the walnuts and toast, stirring constantly, until starting to brown. Transfer the nuts to a small bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
- Heat the olive oil in the now-empty skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the green beans and garlic and cook, stirring until the green beans are heated through and the garlic is fragrant. Season with red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Squeeze the lemon juice on top.
- To serve, sprinkle the green beans with toasted almonds and minced cilantro.