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The holidays! Many people enjoy the traditional dishes but it is also nice to change them up a bit. Fresh green beans are just wonderful – especially if they are al dente! Typically I like mine steamed with no dressing. But for the holidays why not add some walnuts, cranberries, blue cheese and you have a gourmet side dish! The walnuts and blue cheese could also be swapped out for other ingredients such as goat cheese. And it is another opportunity to use those dried cranberries! My festive cranberry port dip is another example on how you can use seasonal ingredients! Plus this dish can be made ahead as you will shock the steamed green beans in cold water. The dressing can be made the day before. So it is quick to assemble. It is always important to have a few quick and easy side dishes to make. Do you have any favorite quick holiday dishes?

Green Beans with Walnuts Cranberries and Blue Cheese

24-ounces green beans, trimmed
3 tbsp roasted walnut oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 heaping tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 small shallot, thinly sliced into half-moons
2 ounces crumbly blue cheese

Steam the green beans to desired tenderness. Then blanch the green beans in cold water for a few minutes to stop them from cooking, and then drain and dry well. Cut in half for bite-size green beans if desired. In a small bowl, whisk together the walnut oil, vinegar and Dijon mustard. Stir in the salt and pepper. Add the cool green beans to a large bowl and toss in the walnuts, cranberries and shallots and drizzle in the vinaigrette. Place on a platter or serving dish and sprinkle with the blue cheese.

14 thoughts on “Green Beans with Walnuts, Cranberries Topped with Blue Cheese

  1. Such a nice change from the normal green bean casserole. Have a great thanksgiving Bernice!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! I like to try different spins on the classics! Have a great Thanksgiving and holiday season!!

  2. koolaidmoms says:

    This sounds like something I have to try. My kids two favorite foods are blue cheese and nuts.

    1. Bernice says:

      Well there you go! Hopefully they will enjoy this version of green beans!!

  3. lulu says:

    I like this take on green beans….thanks.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It was a fun change to traditional green beans!

  4. Delicious ideas. Thank you. πŸ˜ƒ

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome! It is fun to try different recipes for green beans!

  5. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you for reblogging the recipes to your readers!

  6. This looks like a recipe that could get my husband to eat green beans!

    1. Bernice says:

      This recipe really kicks up green beans that are not too exciting on their own. I do like them lightly steam with a bit of crispness.

      1. I’m going to try them and will let you know his verdict. πŸ™‚

      2. Bernice says:

        Fingers crossed that he likes them!

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