Green Beans with Pine Nuts & Gremolata

A simple combo of fresh parsley, garlic and lemon zest adds bright flavor to green beans for an easy, make-ahead side. Make even quicker work of the gremolata in Step 2 by pulsing the ingredients in a food processor instead of chopping by hand.

Green Beans with Gremolata & Pine Nuts
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 ½ pounds trimmed green beans

  • 2 cups fresh parsley leaves (about 1 bunch)

  • 1 clove garlic, sliced

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Set a bowl of ice water by the stove. Cook green beans until tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, then transfer to the ice water. When chilled, drain again and pat dry.

  2. Place parsley, garlic, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper on a cutting board and chop together until fine and well combined. Transfer the gremolata to a large bowl.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beans and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, turning with tongs, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with the gremolata. Transfer to a large serving dish and top with pine nuts.

To make ahead

Refrigerate blanched beans (Step 1) airtight for up to 2 days. Refrigerate gremolata (Step 2) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

121 Calories
10g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2/3 cup
Calories 121
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 1854IU 37%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Potassium 316mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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