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Green beans are always a welcome addition to a  meal in my house. I can always depend on them being a dish that everyone enjoys. These Spring Green Beans are a delicious way to welcome spring with a light, fresh side dish that the whole family will love.

I love planning spring meals, especially with all of the beautiful side dishes. Whether they are simple weeknight meals for my family or a more elaborate spread when we are entertaining friends or for our family Easter celebration, planning a meal in the spring just seems so bright with possibilities. Maybe it is because the weather promises to warm a bit and the afternoons are brighter as they days get longer.

It may also be that after all the heavy, comforting meals of fall and winter, my body just knows it is time to lighten and brighten up a bit.

Spring Green Beans Recipe | ©

I do love to include healthy side dishes that everyone will enjoy when I’m planning our menu, like this spring green beans recipe. Bright, beautiful and so full of flavor, you’d never guess how easy it is to prepare. In just a few minutes, you have this delicious dish that definitely pleases the eye as much as it does the palate. That’s probably one of my favorite tips about planning dishes for any menu, make sure it is just as beautiful as it is delicious.

For these spring green beans, I used just a few ingredients yet created a dish with loads of flavor. The star ingredient, of course, is green beans. I drained and quickly sauteed them with a touch of olive oil and then tossed in thin slices of red onion. For serving, I squeezed a lemon over top of the green beans, added in a few fresh slices of lemon, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and voila, this simple side dish was ready to be devoured.

While this recipe would be delicious served alongside a weeknight meal of fish or grilled chicken, I knew it would be perfect as part of a special spring meal, like Easter, with a simple roast chicken, my Mama’s squash recipe, classic deviled eggs, and a few other classic, yet simple favorites.

Spring Green Beans Recipe | ©
Spring Green Beans Recipe | ©

Here’s my Spring Green Beans recipe followed by a menu plan perfect for your special spring supper you may have in the works.

4.77 from 21 votes

Spring Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish 10 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 8
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
These Spring Green Beans are a delicious way to welcome spring with a light, fresh side dish that the whole family will love.


  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans Green Beans , drained
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh lemon halved
  • pinch red pepper flakes


  • Heat skillet over medium – low heat. Add green beans and drizzle with olive oil. Quickly saute green beans, about 3 minutes. Add in rings from slices of red onion. Remove from heat and squeeze juice from one half of lemon. Cut remaining half of lemon into thin slices and add to the green beans. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Robyn,
    Just wondering if DelMonte fruits and or vegetables are GMO (Genetically Modified) free. And if the lining in the cans are PBA free?
    Right now I can or flash freeze my vegetables to get thru the winter.

  2. I can’t wait for squash to come into season. I love to saute it with onions in some olive oil and salt and pepper. Yummy.

  3. I’ve started making sour cream cherry bars for dessert- they just look like spring, and they taste amazing!


  4. I’m looking forward to finally being able to make salads with farm-fresh vegetables! This ridiculous winter has kept me from them for far too long.

  5. 5 stars
    I am excited to make a creamy asparagus pasta recipe this Spring. I am also looking forward to making some wonderful salads this Spring. Thanks for the chance to win this one I sure could use it. Your recipe above looks so amazing thanks so much for sharing this one. heather

  6. Strawberry shortcake is our favorite spring treat! We had these green beans with dinner tonight. Easy and quick but very good! Even my 2 girls enjoyed them!

  7. 5 stars
    I am looking forward to learning to cook more with vegetables this Spring. I think I am going to start with that Squash and Onions recipe. That looks amazing!

  8. I’m looking forward to making a ton of new recipes this year. I’ve started eating more fresh fruits and veggies and once our farmers’ market opens, I’ll be there at least once a week. I’d like to start with your squash and onions as well as the roasted cauliflower.

  9. I am excited to make spicy Shrimp & asparagus salad with miso dressing this spring.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  10. Every spring we always get lamb ribs. We rub them with crushed garlic, thyme, rosemary and salt then grill to perfection and have melted mint jelly for dipping.

  11. 5 stars
    My favorite recipes to make this spring are veggie salads.. I take Del Monte Canned Asparagus, Canned Artichoke, canned peas, Del Monte white potatoes and chunk them.. I add a little balsamic over the top and add couscous to it.. it’s great with baked lamb, baked or grilled chicken, but my grill died.. no one knows it’s canned when I am done with it.. so easy to make and everyone loves it! I even take it to cookouts, where people generally don’t eat veggies. There is never any left.

  12. 5 stars
    I’m not much of a cook, but the green beans would definitely be easy and everything looks SO good in this post that I’m totally inspired to make the other things!

  13. Del Monte canned vegetables are a real convenience and delicious. I like to add canned asparagus or artichoke to salads. I also add a variety of their vegetables to soups, casseroles, and use as side dishes. I especially like a pasta salad with asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes and sauteed portabello mushrooms. Del Monte is a staple at my house.

  14. I am all about baby carrots this spring. Love them roasted & glazed with cardamom & honey. Your images are stunning. So pretty!

  15. Fresh salads, I keep veggies prepped and ready to throw together a salad. Canned veggies add variety and are easy to add to salads.

  16. 5 stars
    I’m always excited to make deviled eggs in Spring. And your Spring Green Beans looks amazing. Can’t wait to give that a try. I love red pepper flakes that you added. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  17. These green beans look delicious! I’m definitely excited to try that recipe! I’m so excited for the warmer spring weather so we can go out on picnics! I love making picnic food, and it’s just so much more fun for the kids to eat outside. 🙂 Bruschetta and Deviled Eggs are two of our favorite things to have on a picnic. Yum!

  18. I’m excited to make anything grilled! It’s finally nice enough to be outside so I want to grill up some chicken and veggies!

  19. I can’t wait to start using the grill again — roasted veggies, turkey ka-bobs and more will be so yummy!

  20. I’m definitely looking forward to cooking ‘lighter’ this spring. As the warm weather moves in here in the northeast, it’s so nice to start cooking a lot more veggies and fresh foods!

  21. 1. WOW those photos blow my mind

    2. I’m excited to make a whole variety of fun salads

  22. I am excited to make more salads (with salad greens from the garden). I am also excited for grilling some veggies….zuccini, asperagus, etc.

  23. I’m looking forward to making the crostata that I make every year for Easter. It was my Italian great-grandmother’s recipe and we look forward to it every year.

  24. I’m looking forward to roasting local asparagus, enjoying local strawberries, and making lots of salads with all the greens from our CSA.

  25. 3 stars
    I’m excited to try my hand at sourdough bread. I just learned I can make artisan loaves in a dutch oven. I can’t wait. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  26. I am excited to make fruit salad! I usually add a can of Del Monte fruit cocktail to the mix!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  27. I looking forward to making my amazing potato salad that I bring to all social events and BBQ’s.

  28. im excited to make veggie soup with fresh veggies from our garden….a summer veggie soup. 🙂 so fresh & delicious!

  29. I’m really looking forward to fresh fruit. I would make some nice fruit salad with it. Thank you!!

  30. i am excited to make a brownie-bottom pudding pie this spring, because it is my son’s requested birthday dessert!

  31. I’m looking forward to making a dessert using rhubarb from our garden. We use Del Monte canned good year-round, but can only reap produce from our garden seasonally.

  32. I’m looking forward to fruit salads with fresh fruit picked from my garden and salads with home grown tomatoes!

  33. Something about spring always makes me want to make carrot cake. I haven’t done it yet this spring, but it will be soon! Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting – YUM!

  34. I am most excited to make strawberry shortcake and strawberry jello pie!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  35. I’m excited to make fruit salad and also roasted asparagus! I love spring solely for asparagus season lol!

  36. 5 stars
    I’m itching to try bread recipes… Since discovering pizza is easy to make I know bread will be too!

  37. Cherry pies. Cherry season will be here soon…yum 🙂 Also for fun I’m trying cutout cookies with fondant decorations.

  38. I am going to try the spring green beans and roasted cauliflower for my next two side dishes. Something new is always good.

  39. We recently enjoyed the first asparagus of the season. Now I’m looking forward to fresh strawberries. I have to have some strawberry shortcake, adding a few to my salads and making strawberry cheesecake.

  40. I can’t wait for the berries to start rolling in! I love strawberry pie, raspberry tarts, homemade blueberry ice cream! Spring time means fresh ingredients for all kind of goodies! Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  41. I’m excited to try anything that sounds different. I haven’t picked them out yet, as I like to be inspired in the moment.

  42. From this blog post I’d love to make the squash and onions! I’ve just recently discovered squash (if you can believe that)… didn’t know I liked it until just a couple weeks ago! I’m also excited to find a few new fresh salad recipes. Trying to eat healthier. 🙂 wendy2lindsey at yahoo dot com

  43. I am looking forward to strawberry season. I started following California Strawberries on Facebook and I have saved all kinds of recipes. First up is a strawberry pie and next a strawberry cream chesse tart.

  44. I’m anxious to make a nice summer green bean salad my Mom use to make for our family growing up

  45. I can’t wait to make Sicilian Potato and Green Bean Salad recipe using beans, tomatoes, potatoes and basil from my garden!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  46. I am looking forward to making an Asparugus Omelet with the very freshest asparagus. Also, a Strawberry Trifle.

  47. I am taking advantage of the beautiful asparagus that’s the freshest in the spring! Saute with a little olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper + a poached egg on top. Yum!

  48. I’m excited to make all sorts of chilled salads, sides and desserts this spring. I like making pasta and potato salad to eat with cold sandwiches and pickles. I’m interested in making the Spring Green Beans recipe. I love onion and using lemon in dishes. It sounds refreshing but I might skip or go lighter on the red pepper flakes.

  49. 5 stars
    I am incredibly excited to try a range of recipes involving fruit especially lemons! I found some fantastic ones during the week for pound cake, lemon sponge, scones, bakewell tart and a trifle.

  50. I like roasting fresh asparagus in the spring.
    Thanks for the contest.

    (I don’t remember if I entered this before, or not, but I can’t get to the older comments to check. If I did enter before please delete these two entries)

  51. I am looking toward to making my favorite stir fry with eggplant, tofu, red peppers, onions, garlic and lots of spices.

  52. I look forward to using fresh Strawberries in my recipes this spring strawberry cheese cake and strawberry shortcake yummmmm

  53. These recipes look amazing and the cauliflower is right up my alley since I’m a big Cauliflower lover.