Green Bean Salad with Almonds

"Shocking" the cooked green beans in ice water prevents them from overcooking, preserving their bright-green color. The tamari almonds are delicious -- you may want to make extra for snacking.
Body+Soul, November/December 2005
  • Yield Serves 6
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  • 1/2 cup whole roasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped roughly (optional)


  1. Place almonds in a small nonstick saute pan. Lightly toast over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon tamari and stir until the almonds are coated evenly, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate and cool. Chop almonds roughly.

  2. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook beans until crisp-tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Drain the beans and transfer to the bowl of ice water. Remove green beans and drain well.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and remaining 1 tablespoon of tamari. Add the drained green beans and toss to coat. Garnish with roasted almonds and fresh cilantro, if desired. Serve immediately, while warm.

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Reviews (1)

  • kdhall 29 Jan, 2013

    This is a delicious side dish! I made this and took it to a potluck where the guests could not get enough of it. That was a year ago, and I have made it three times since. I'm always sad when we've eaten the last of it. If using dry powdered ginger then cut way back: 1/8 tsp dry = 1 tbsp fresh, so 2/3 of 1/8 tsp = 1/12 tsp, or a very tiny bit!