Lemony Green and Wax Beans Recipe

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Showcase your garden's bounty in this delectable side dish. A combination of fresh green beans and wax beans are tossed with a tasty herb- and lemon -infused dressing for perked up flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound fresh wax beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 125 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 125 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water to a boil. Add wax and green beans; cover and cook for 4 minutes. Drain and immediately place beans in ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Place beans in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the mint, lemon juice, oil, garlic, lemon peel, salt and pepper. Pour over beans; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Just before serving, stir in pistachios and hazelnuts. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemony Green and Wax Beans in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p226

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