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Vegan French Green Beans with Garlic and Pepitas

French Green Beans with Garlic and Pepitas


I love French Green Beans! These would also be delicious with my Garlic Tahini Avocado Dressing!


3 teaspoons kosher salt, or more to taste, divided

3 cups French green beans 

¼ cup pepitas 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (you could also use Garlic Confit)

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 


In a large pot over high heat, bring water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare an ice water bath in a large bowl. Set aside.


Add the green beans to the boiling water and parboil for 3 minutes. Immediately remove, drain, and add to the ice water bath. Let cool in the ice water for 5 minutes. Drain and dry. Set aside.


In a small sauté pan, over medium heat, add the pepitas. Stirring constantly, cook until fragrant and slightly changing color, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove immediately and set aside in a bowl.

Note: Watch carefully because the cook time depends on your nuts. When done, pull off the nuts and pulse in the food processor for 1 second to a nutty crumble. 


In a medium sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic cook until slightly crispy for about 1 minute and 15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon. In the same pan, add the green beans and 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper, and sauté until golden, about 2 – 3 minutes. 


When done, remove from the pan, and place on a serving plate. Top with the garlic and pepitas and serve!