Mint Jalapeno Green Beans

Mint Jalapeno Green Beans Photo © Molly Watson
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings

These green beans take on the bright, spicy flavor of the dressing and become something way beyond your standard green beans. I like them straight-up, but they also work nicely in a composed salad or served on a bed of lettuce leaves.


  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set it aside.

  3. Steam the green beans. Immediately plunge them in ice water. Swish the beans around until they're completely cool. Dry them thoroughly (I like to pat them dry with paper towels). Put the green beans in a shallow dish.

  4. In a blender, whirl the garlic, jalapeño, and lemon juice. Add the mint leaves, olive oil, salt, and pepper and whirl everything until the mixture is very smooth.

  5. Pour the dressing over the green beans and toss the beans to coat them thoroughly with the dressing. Let the beans sit at least 30 minutes at room temperature before serving or up to overnight covered and chilled. (Note, when chilled and allowed to marinate overnight the beans will lose some of their vibrant green color; they will also develop a more complex, intense flavor.)