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Green Beans with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Easy and simple green beans with lemon tahini dressing! This green beans side dish takes less than 15 minutes to make. The green beans are tender and slightly crunchy, and are dressing in a tangy lemon tahini dressing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans with tahini
Servings: 4 people
Author: Tania


  • 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed (or haricot verts)

Lemon Tahini Dressing

  • 1/2 cup tahini paste (stir to combine the paste from the fat, if needed)
  • 1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey, plus more as needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Make lemon tahini sauce: in a mason jar, combine the lemon tahini sauce ingredients and shake well. If too thick, add more water to thin it out. If too thin, simply add more tahini paste until desired consistency. The amount of water needed will depend on whether you use tahini paste, which is thicker, or plain tahini. This dressing is versatile: add more honey, lemon juice, or tahini to taste!
  • In a medium pot, bring some salted water to a boil, enough to cover the green beans. Cook green beans for about 3-5 minutes, uncovered, until bright green and tender. For more tender green beans, cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Pat them try.
  • Arrange on a large plate, and drizzle with lemon tahini dressing. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon slices, if desired.


  • Tahini: You can find tahini in the specialty food section at the grocery store.
  • Cooking green beans: Trim the ends. Cook uncovered to maintain the bright green color. To prevent them from losing their bright green color, rinse them with cold water as this will stop the cooking process.
  • Make ahead instructions: You can make the lemon tahini dressing up to 2 days in advance. Store in the fridge in an airtight container or mason jar. For the green beans, you can trim the ends in advance and store them in the fridge in a container or bag.