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Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette & Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Servings: eight to ten.

Meyer lemons are less acidic than standard lemons, and their zest and juice have an herbal, even floral, undertone that makes them worth seeking out. You can also substitute regular lemons, but expect a sharper taste.


  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Finely grated zest of one Meyer lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 180
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 150
  • Fat (g): 16
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11
  • Cholesterol (mg): 10
  • Sodium (mg): 290
  • Carbohydrates (g): 9
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 3


  • Heat the oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, toss the breadcrumbs with 2 Tbs. of the oil, a generous pinch of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool and then transfer to a bowl and mix in the cheese.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon zest and juice, cream, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Slowly whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup oil.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the green beans in the boiling water until tender, 4 to 6 minutes; drain well. Toss the beans with the vinaigrette. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Transfer the beans to a serving platter and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.


The crumbs can be prepared the morning of the meal and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. The vinaigrette can be made a day ahead and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.


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Reviews (17 reviews)

  • JeanetteJ | 12/20/2019

    This is one of my favourite 'go to' green bean recipes. Absolutely delicious and provides a wonderful compliment to so many dishes. Always receives rave reviews and easy to prepare as I do my best to always have Meyer lemons on hand as they bring back childhood memories of having a tree in our yard.

  • StanSteinberg | 11/24/2017

    Like others I didn't have a Meyer lemon (which is actually a cross between the lemon and the Mandarin orange) so I used half a lemon and half an orange (for both the zest and the juice) and it came out fabulous. Brilliant recipe.

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