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These green beans with lemon and feta are a refreshing, flavorful side dish but also make a great lunch on their own!


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One of the things I look forward to most during the spring and summer months is heading to the farmers market or to local farms to pick up great fresh produce. In Grand Rapids, Michigan where I grew up, there are two amazing (huge!) farmers markets with endless amounts of whatever kinds of fruits and vegetables you could ever want. Breads, cheeses, and local honey also populate the farmers market in Grand Rapids. Where I live now on the other side of the state, I don’t have anything like that nearby. There’s Eastern Market in Detroit, but that’s a hike from where I live. There’s a smaller farmers market in my city but it has very limited hours and very few vendors. Thankfully, there are a few great farms nearby who sell freshly picked produce. One of which we can even walk to from our house!

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One of my favorite things to buy from a farmers market is green beans. They just taste better when you buy them fresh from the market (I suppose most things do!). I don’t know what it is about green beans but when you buy them from a farmers market they always have a faint taste of dill. I just love that.

Lightly steamed, roasted or boiled, I don’t really care. The key is just barely cooking them so they’re nice and crisp still. The last thing you want is soggy green beans, especially when they are farm fresh.

These green beans with lemon and feta are honestly an amazing lunch, but they’re a great side dish too. They taste great hot, warm or cold, and are unbelievably easy to prepare.

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Green bean fan? Make sure to check out my popular roasted green beans with Parmesan and basil or my green bean casserole

Green Beans with Lemon and Feta

Green Beans with Lemon and Feta

Yield: 4 as a side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These green beans with lemon and feta are a refreshing, flavorful side dish but also make a great lunch on their own!


  • 3/4 to 1 pound of fresh green beans (stem end snipped off), washed
  • 4 heaping tablespoons feta cheese
  • juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add about 1/2 inch of water to a medium-sized sauté pan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Add beans, cover and continue to cook on medium-high for 4-5 minutes or until fork tender but still crispy.
  3. Drain and return to pan. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and toss to coat. Place green beans on a plate and sprinkle with feta, then lemon juice, then pepper (and salt if desired).
  4. Serve immediately. (But they are also pretty great cold!)
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 109mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Protein: 3g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: I’ve made these too many times to count. I love the freshness and the fact that they can act as a quick 10-minute lunch on those crazy days.

Husband’s take: Ben loves these green beans with lemon and feta, and my parents have had the chance to try them as well. Everyone approves.

Changes I would make: None are necessary, but if you have some fresh herbs lying around, I’d highly recommend sprinkling some of those on as well. Try dill or parsley.

Difficulty: So easy!


Looking for more vegetable recipes? Try: Marsala Roasted Mushrooms, Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini, Roasted Radishes with Lemon and Honey, Roasted Carrots with Thyme and Nutmeg, Sriracha Orange Glazed Green Beans from Simply Recipes, or Garlic Roasted Kale from Jeanette’s Healthy Living.


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  1. Green beans are super healthy and very versatileYea. I like what you did here.

    Rating: 5
  2. I am ALWAYS looking for new ways to eat green beans! This simple preparation with lemon and feta sounds so good!

  3. I’m not a huge green bean eater, but that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  4. YUM! I can’t wait to hit up the Fulton St market again. We love green beans too. My little ones always sneak them out of the bag raw while we are grocery shopping. This would be perfect for Easter!

  5. oh yum! i happen to have the ingredients in my fridge! i’m making this tonight!!!

    Rating: 5
  6. This looks delish! I love feta cheese!

  7. These look great!! I agree that fresh green beans taste better and I too prefer them barely cooked and with a lot of crunch. Great recipe!!

    Rating: 5
  8. This seems so healthy! Thank you very much for sharing it with us :)

  9. I love these flavors- pretty much anything with lemon and feta I’m all over. So bright and perfect for spring. Gorgeous photos!

  10. The perfect simple vegetable side dish. The flavor combination, I can eat them all! I love green beans :).

  11. Green beans + feta are my jam! Such a spring-tastic side dish. Can’t wait to make this for Easter!

  12. Oh I will be trying these this summer. Thank you for the recipe.

  13. I’ve never been to Eastern Market! I really should do that soon. I love feta!

  14. tasty

    Rating: 5
  15. These green beans looks so fresh and totally perfect for spring and summer. I think that feta cheese on top is what totally sold me…love!

  16. I love easy vegetable recipes like this that use just a few other flavorful ingredients to make it a really tasty dish without much effort. So gorgeous, too!

  17. Simple and beautiful! What could be better??

  18. We just made a similar recipe with asparagus! Love the feta and lemon flavor combination – so perfect with springtime veggies!

    Rating: 5
  19. There’s a very popular Farmers Market about ten minutes from my house, but I’ve never stopped in because it is so packed with people. I’m thinking I need to check it out! This green bean dish looks fantastic!

  20. Nice recipe! I’m going to use it – the feta and green beans seem like such a great mix surprised I hadn’t though of it before.

  21. So simple, but yet perfect! I love feta and lemon with my veggies!

  22. So simple and delicious. There really is nothing like a Farmers Market and I love the idea of sprinkling Feta! Just perfection!!

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