Marinated Italian Green Beans

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Marinated Italian green beans are a delicious side dish that consists of cooked green beans tossed in a tangy dressing and chilled for several hours. They are perfect for picnics, potlucks, or summer meals

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Italian Cut Green Beans

Italian green beans are a type of green beans that have a flat shape and a tender texture. They are also known as Romano beans, pole beans, or runner beans. They are popular in Italian cuisine and can be cooked in various ways, such as boiling, steaming, saute, or roasting green beans. 

Why This Recipe for Italian Green Beans is a Keeper

If you love to eat green beans, then you will love this summer version of this delicious dish. As green bean casserole is perfect for summer, then this bright green way to cook the green beans is a real game changer.

  • Minutes to Make: Just toss it together and place in the fridge.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or your garden.
  • Family Friendly: This will be one of their favorite way to eat green beans.
  • Adaptable: Can make it spicier or sweeter or toast a few slivered almonds for on top.

If you’re looking for more green bean recipes, try these Sweet and Spicy Skillet Green BeansParmesan Green Beans and Bacon Green Beans

Can I use frozen green beans or canned green beans in this dish?

Italian green beans on a white plate.

Of course, fresh is best but truly you can use any type of green beans such as canned, frozen. Mix with other vegetables, such as onion, tomato, or bell pepper, to create a colorful and refreshing salad.

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Ingredient Notes for this Italian Green Bean Recipe Side Dish

Italian green beans sautéed with olive oil, onions, and garlic.

Marinated Italian green beans are easy to make and can be served cold or at room temperature.

  • Fresh green beans: Clean and trim the fresh green beans.
  •  Italian salad dressing: You can use your favorite dressing such as a zesty variety if you prefer. I use Good Seasons.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for this Simple Side Dish Recipe

You can add the green beans to so many different things to make a wonderful dish.

  • Ingredient variation: Add some red peppers, mushrooms or herbs such as fresh parsley. Sliced garlic adds a great garlicky flavor. It is a delicious combination. Salt and pepper these green beans are a great side.
  • Make your own Italian dressing or use your favorite marinade.

How to Make this Recipe for Italian Fresh Green Beans Recipe 

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These are the basic steps for making marinated green beans . Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions and nutritional information and nutritional values. Fresh or frozen green beans are ok.

Italian Green Beans  boiling in hot water.

STEP 1: In a Large Pot

First, bring a large pot of water to a boil; Rinse the green beans in colander, pat fry. Then toss the green beans.  After 2 minutes remove green beans and immediately place them in a large bowl of ice water. 

STEP 2: Drain

Next, drain the beans well and place in a large bowl. Add onion and pour dressing over beans, toss to combine.

STEP 3: Marinate the Italian Style

Finally, stir well, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Recipe FAQs for Making Italian Green Beans

The longer the better but you will need at least an hour. The longer you marinate the green beans the more flavor they will have.

Generally, marinated vegetables can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. Store in a jar or airtight container.

Italian Green Beans on a white plate.

Expert Tips for Making This Green Bean Side Dish Recipe

You can make this vegetable side with so many different main dish options. We used fresh green beans but you can use fresh string beans and add garlic. Garlic is fragrant and add a little fresh parmesan.

  • Double: This is a great easy Italian green beans recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Add Bread Crumbs and Parmesan Cheese: Try adding some fresh grated parmesan cheese or Romano cheese. It is a delicious way to make this recipe or some season toasted bread crumbs,
  • Seasoning: Make this dish with fresh minced garlic, oregano and Italian seasoning for more flavor. Or top with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs for this great recipe.
  • Variation tip: Add some red pepper flakes or other heat for this side dish.

What to Serve with Italian Green Beans Recipes

A person pouring Italian olive oil over green beans in a bowl.
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Marinated Italian Green Beans

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 7 minutes
Marinated Italian green beans are a delicious side dish that consists of cooked green beans tossed in a tangy dressing and chilled for several hours. They are perfect for picnics, potlucks, or summer meals.
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups Green beans, fresh, cleaned and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons Onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup Italian salad dressing, I use Good Seasons

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil; Add green beans.   
  • After 2 minutes remove green beans and immediately place them in a large bowl of ice water. 
  • Drain the beans well and place in a large bowl. 
  • Add onion and pour dressing over beans. 
  • Stir well and marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Expert Tips

  • Double: This is a great easy Italian green beans recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Add Grated Parmesan Cheese: Try adding some fresh parmesan cheese or Romano cheese. It is a delicious way to make this recipe
  • Seasoning: Make this dish with fresh minced garlic, oregano and Italian seasoning for more flavor. Or top with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs for this great recipe.
  • Variation tip: Add some red pepper flakes or other heat for this side dish.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 13.8mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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