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French Green Beans With Crispy Shallots

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author Super Safeway


Green Beans and Shallots

  • 2 whole shallots thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans stem side trimmed only
  • 2 -3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup water

Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice, and zest
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the sliced shallots and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil into a cold skillet.  Heat the oil and the shallots over medium heat, stirring frequently until the shallots are golden brown and crispy - about 15 minutes.    Remove the shallots from the skillet to a paper towel and season with flaky sea salt.  The shallots will crisp up as they rest.
  2. To the skillet, add the trimmed green beans and cook for 2 - 3 minutes.  Add the minced garlic and cook for another 2 minutes until the garlic is aromatic.  Add 1/4 cup of water to the skillet and cover the skillet with a lid.  Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 3 minutes.  The water will get soaked up by the green beans as well as evaporate, leaving the beans tender and crisp.   Remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the Lemon-Dijon dressing.
  4. In a mason jar or small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, juice of half a lemon, half of the lemon zest, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Shake or stir well to combine.
  5. Toss the green beans with the lemon Dijon vinaigrette and place them on a serving platter.  Top with the crispy shallots and remaining lemon zest.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be made ahead of time, but must be made the day of serving as the beans lose their bright green color.  If preparing these for Thanksgiving or a holiday meal, you can trim the beans the day before, slice the shallots and mince the garlic to save prep time the day of the event.  The dressing can also be made ahead of time.