Roasted Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

For anyone out there who claims they don’t like a vegetable, my suggestion is always to roast it. Roasting veggies is hands down my favorite way to prepare them. And it’s quick and easy.

I have converted my family from people who had never had brussels sprouts to people who love them thanks to roasting them. I used to be one of those people who claimed to dislike green beans. I think it’s because I grew up eating canned green beans. And French cut no less. Blech. Once my eyes were opened to the wonders of fresh green beans, I started to really appreciate them. I did what I do best and roasted them. Now there’s no turning back.

I love that this recipe has a festive twist by adding the dried cranberries and walnuts to already delicious roasted green beans. This would make a great contribution to any dinner, whether it’s for a holiday or just any old night of the week.

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Roasted Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

Roasted green beans are delicious in their own right. Add some dried cranberries and walnuts and you have a perfect holiday side dish.

Yield: Serves 4-6


2 pounds fresh green beans, stem ends trimmed
4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced into quarters
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sugar
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Toss green beans with garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar directly on the prepared baking sheet.

Roast the beans for 15 minutes, then stir with a spatula to promote even cooking.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, cranberries and walnuts and toss well.

Continue roasting until beans are tender, slightly browned and just starting to shrivel, about 10 minutes more.

Toss beans with cranberry mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and more lemon juice if desired.

Recipe from Once Upon a Chef

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10 Responses to “Panzanella – Barefoot Bloggers”

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    Prudy — August 14, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful photos. We loved it too.

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    Joelen — August 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    This is such a great dish and so colorful too!

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    Veronica — August 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Looks beautiful! I agree it comes together pretty fast.

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    Cat's — August 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Glad you loved it!
    ~The Cat’s Pajamas

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    Kirsten — August 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Your salad looks great! Glad to see a fellow Boston girl (well, we left the city 2 years ago but still work here) on the Bloggers!

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    Melissa — August 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Looks great!

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    Courtney — August 14, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Wow your salad looks so good. I think I am going to try making this again after a trip to the market this weekend.

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    webbie — August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Great picture! I’ve been thinking that this would be great for Shakespear in the Park. Cool and refreshing!

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    Cate — August 15, 2008 at 2:16 am

    I love Panzanella, but haven’t had Ina’s version yet (Tyler’s is delish!) – perfect recipe for summertime.

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    giz — August 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Good tip on the croutons – this one looks like a total winner.

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