Broccoli and Green Bean Polka

"Adding crunchy cashews and fresh almonds to broccoli and beans is a really great way of serving these two simple green vegetables. It makes you want to eat them for ever."
photo by Debbwl photo by Debbwl
photo by Debbwl
photo by Luis Alberto M. photo by Luis Alberto M.
photo by Luis Alberto M. photo by Luis Alberto M.
photo by Luis Alberto M. photo by Luis Alberto M.
photo by Luis Alberto M. photo by Luis Alberto M.
Ready In:


  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into small florets, with stems trimmed on the diagonal
  • 8 ounces French beans, topped but not tailed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • about 10 unsalted cashews, halved lengthways
  • about 10 fresh almonds, peeled and halved length ways
  • sea salt


  • Fill a large bowl half full with cold water and drop in a few handfuls of ice cubes,set aside.
  • Plunge the broccoli florets into a large pan of salted boiling water, bring the water back to the boil, and simmer for 1 minute.
  • Drain and refresh in the iced water.
  • Repeat with the beans, then drain both vegetables and dry them on a cloth.
  • Put the oil in a wok or large, non-stick frying pan and set over a high heat. When you can just see a haze rising add the cashews and toss until browned.
  • Add the broccoli and saute for 2 minutes before tossing in the beans. Saute for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and toss in the almonds.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

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  1. weekend cooker
    Real tasty, and flavorful. We particularly enjoyed the nut combo. Made for a great side with some hamburgers. The seasonings too were a perfect combo. And the kids did eat their veggies. Made for PRMR Tag
  2. Karen Elizabeth
    Annacia, I neglected to print this recipe and went by memory when I realised i had everything I needed (I had just looked at the recipe earlier in the day, so beautifully simple that it was not hard to 'wing it'.) I had forgotten the cashews, unfortunately, so had to go with just the sliced almonds, but nonetheless this was a delicious vegetable dish and a great way to use the beans and broccoli in the fridge! Quick, easy, delicious and attractive, we really enjoyed this impromptu side dish, thank you, Annacia.
  3. Jociecee
    Tasty and different way to prepare broccoli and green beans, and i love the recipe name too! I loved the addition of cashews and my family gobbled up all their veggies! Thanks for a great recipe that I will make again! Made for Best of 2011 Cookbook game.
  4. breezermom
    I kind of wondered about this combo, but it is delicious! Such a vibrant green color! Love the blanching to keep the color from turning. The nuts with the simple seasoning of olive oil and sea salt was perfect. Thought I'd get to enjoy the tiny bit of leftovers at lunch today, but unfortunately they had been eaten by my teenage son...he loved this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Debbwl
    A pleasant side that is very healthy! We really enjoyed the mix of nuts as well as the veggie combo. Made as written with one very minor exception did not peel the almonds as it was just DH and I, if serving to guest would peel them just for appearances sake. Thanks for the post.



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