Simply Elegant Green Beans

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

The recipe title says it all, simple, yet elegant. Wonderful green beans using walnuts, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. Simple company dish or great for those of us who like to eat as if we were having company! Reduces easily.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled


  1. Steam green beans in boiling water until crisp-tender (4-6 minutes).
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat, add walnuts, and toast in oil for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add green beans, salt and pepper.
  5. Sauté for about 3 more minutes.
  6. Add balsamic vinegar, toss with beans and walnuts to thoroughly coat.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese, toss lightly and transfer to serving dish.


Most Helpful

I made this recipe tonight for dinner. My family really enjoyed it. I only had goat cheese with honey, but it worked! I think I would definitely add some garlic next time for just a bit more flavor. Other than that, it was a really good and simple recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

CyndiCB October 18, 2011

If you live in the sticks like I do, you are most likely to encounter soft goat cheese. I think a hard goat cheese works better (and I like the feta suggestion).

It still tastes delicious, but aesthetically is considerably less appealing.

Demeralda January 01, 2012

Really good green beans-for me I think I put too much cheese on 'em cause they were a bit bitter, but really good otherwise.

AshOr721 March 25, 2008

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