These lemon and garlic green beans are the perfect side dish for a summers day.

lemon and garlic green beans side dish Lemon and garlic green beans

Soon the green beans will be popping up everywhere and I shall be overcome with bags given to me by my father and neighbours sharing their crop. They are fab raw and finely diced in a salad or even blanched and popped in the freezer, However, This is a delicious dish, perfect for a hot summers day, which is best served cold.

I picked up three packets of green beans up for 9p each, so this dish was not only super tasty, but it cost less than 50p for a good portion.

With the olive oil and lemon, it tastes very clean, fresh and surprisingly tasty. If I am a guest at a BBQ, I always take this dish along, it gets a couple of strange stares at first, but once people taste it the dish is normally emptied pretty quickly.

Side note – have you ever wondered how to grow broad beans?

Lemon and garlic green beans
Lemon and garlic green beans prep

You will need…..

3 packets of green beans

1 juicy lemon

4 crushed garlic cloves

100ml olive oil


If you like the heat, add some very finely chopped chilli’s.

lemon and garlic green beans prep
lemon and garlic green beans prep

Put the beans in some boiling salted water and gently simmer for 5 minutes.

Drain the beans and let them sit in the colander for about 10 minutes to let all the water drain away.

In a pestle and mortar, crush the garlic up really well and squeeze the lemon.

Put the garlic, lemon juice and olive oil into a jug and add a dash of salt. Mix well and let it stand while the beans are draining and cooling down.

Put the beans in a serving dish and pour over the olive oil mix.

Mix the beans up with your hands, ensuring that they are all well coated. Sprinkle some chilli flakes over the top to add some colour.

Serve, enjoy and lap up the compliments…..

Lemon and garlic green beans

Try this delicious Feta and Walnut pate for an equally fab vegetarian recipe.