Take-out Tuesday, Green Beans Clementine with lemon and pecans

Thanksgiving is at our house this year, which was a surprise, but we love to entertain so we are thrilled to do it~I haven’t had Thanksgiving on my radar for years since I haven’t hosted in a long time.  I am happily scrambling with recipes and table ideas.  My son, Hungry Husband Jr, offered to do the cooking, so we’ve been consulting on the menu~


We, and when I say we, I mean, He did the cooking and I shot a few photos, as we tried this new twist on green beans~


Instead of a creamy casserole, we decided to go a fresher, healthier route~


Clementines, lemon, shallot combine with olive oil to make a flavor filled dressing


He used frozen french cut green beans, because he couldn’t find haricot verts.  I prefer the french cut, thinner bean, they look elegant and are easier to eat than the fatter green beans.


Cook the beans briefly until they are just barely done and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking


Combine the drained beans with the citrus dressing in a bowl or large ziplock bag and refrigerate until serving time.


Chop and toast the pecans in a skillet for a few minutes to enhance the flavor

green beans with pecans and orange thepaintedapron.com

Before serving add clementine sections or orange pieces to beans and sprinkle with pecans and lemon salt [optional]


This is a delicious and refreshing side dish with a heavy meal

green beans with citrus thepaintedapron.com

It can be prepared the day before

green bean citrus salad thepaintedapron.com

And it won’t take up any room in your oven!  It can be pulled out of the refrigerator several hours before serving too.

green beans with pecans and orange thepaintedapron.com

This is definitely going on our Thanksgiving menu!

The recipe is adapted from Green Beans with Citrus and Pecans, Southern Living November 2013

Here’s the recipe:

GREEN BEANS CLEMENTINE with Lemon and Pecans

Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 lbs haricot verts or french string beans
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 T clementine zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice [1-2 fresh lemons]
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange or clementine juice [1-2 clementines or oranges]
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2-4 clementines zested, peeled and sectioned
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • lemon salt* [optional]


  • Blanche beans in boiling water for several minutes until just bright green and done.
  • Plunge into ice water to stop cooking process, you don’t want them to get overdone and mushy.
  • Make dressing with olive oil, citrus juices, honey and zest, whisking to combine.
  • Toast pecans in a dry skillet for a few minutes, watching carefully, just to bring out their flavor.
  • Toss beans in a large bowl or ziplock bag with dressing. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Turn into a serving bowl and sprinkle with toasted pecans and lemon salt. 8 servings
Keyword clementines, green bean salad, green beans, Thanksgiving

*Lemon Salt is a fun seasoning to have on hand to add some flavor zing to vegetables, fish, salads, and pasta.  I ordered mine on line at amazon.com


If you would like to see 2 of my other favorite green bean casserole recipes just click on their green names below

Sophisticated Green Bean Casserole  This one gets it’s sophistcation from buttery almonds

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Miz Helen’s Country Cottage


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8 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Green Beans Clementine with lemon and pecans”
  1. Jill Krieger says:

    This sounds great!

    Wishing you well, Jill Krieger

  2. I understand about the casserole being a little more healthier…I have been given strict instructions from my family NO heavy green been casserole this year at Thanksgivng☺ Maybe I will just use yours.

  3. These green beans look delicious!

  4. Mary says:

    Jenna, Winner!This sounds so good and light for a Thanksgiving side and I love that it can be made in advance. Yet another recipe I missed in my November magazine issues, I need to go back and actually read 🙂

  5. Miz Helen says:

    This looks like a delicious Green Bean recipe, perfect for the holidays. Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  6. Miz Helen says:

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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