Roasted Green Bean Salad with Cranberries and Toasted Pecans

Looking to break out of the norm or just arn’t a fan of traditional green bean casserole? Try this on for size! Roasted green beans with toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and balsamic!

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Sometimes I have good intentions and then totally drop the ball. Like when I received a cookbook all about berries in early spring and immediately bookmark several recipes to make (grilled chicken with raspberry balsamic and golden and red raspberry tart), and then suddenly it’s November. Oops. But thankfully cranberries are also a berry and they are in full swing right now! Proof that berries can be enjoyed year round.

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This recipe is for a roasted green bean salad tossed with toasted pecans and dried cranberries and topped with balsamic. You could prepare it in advance and enjoy cold like a traditional salad but in my opinion roasted veggies are best when served warm so that’s exactly what I did. I tweaked the recipe a bit per my preferences (and what I have on hand) and it came out beautifully. Watch out green bean casserole.

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ROASTED GREEN BEAN SALAD WITH CRANBERRIES AND TOASTED PECANS

Serves 8

Ingredients:

2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed*

2 Tbsp olive oil

4 cloves garlic, peeled and quarterd

1-1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 tsp lemon juice

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp lemon zest (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the green beans in the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper until evenly distributed. Spread on prepared baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stir and continue roasting for 10-15 minutes or until just starting to brown.
  3. Remove from oven. Sprinkle lemon juice over the beans and toss to coat. Add pecans and cranberries and toss again. Transfer to a serving platter, drizzle with balsamic reduction, top with lemon zest (if using), and serve immediately. (Alternatively, if you prefer a cold salad, chill for 2 hours before serving.)

* I cheated and used a thawed bag of French style green beans because it’s what I had

Source: Adapted slightly from Berries: Sweet & Savory Recipes by Eliza Cross.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary copy of the cookbook for review and another to giveaway by Gibbs Smith Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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9 Responses to “Roasted Green Bean Salad with Cranberries and Toasted Pecans”

  • Susan:

    My favorite way to use berries is in the yogurt bowls we had for breakfast this morning: Greek yogurt fortified with cocoa powder and chocolate protein powder, fresh blueberries (or any other berry), served with chocolate granola on top.

    This green bean recipe sounds wonderful, much more festive and tastier than green bean casserole (I didn’t grow up on green bean casserole, so have no loyalty to it. It’s un-American I know, but that’s how my life was).

  • Leslie:

    Every day, holiday or not, I have this breakfast. Mix ricotta, vanilla yogurt, berries, and chopped dark chocolate.

  • Angela:

    Mmmm, this looks yummy! I’ve been tweaking my diet to be healthier, and I think this will fit right in!

  • LOVE the fact that you’ve added cranberries to the mix here – green beans can often be very “one note” so I love the idea of that contrast.

  • Laura S:

    I am so in love with a delicious mixed berry pie, who could resist!

  • Jessica Gipson:

    Every year we pick berries from our berry patch, we have made berry ice cream and pies, my favorite is the homemade berry ice cream.

  • Susan Christy:

    White Chocolate, Cranberry & White Chocolate Tart is my favorite.

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