green beans with mint, dill, lemon and feta
I cut the original recipe in half as it served 8 people and I'm only serving my family of 4. If you want to make a larger batch then just double the quantities below.
  • ¾ pound green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped or torn
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon matchstick-size strips lemon zest - I just zested a whole lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese - Feel free to use more cheese if you want, I think these beans are great on their own without tons of cheese
  • optional - freshly ground pepper and kosher salt to taste - We didn't add any salt or pepper, as we thought the beans tasted perfectly as they were
  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. While your water is coming to a boil, wash and trim up your green beans. You really just want to trim a tiny bit off of the stem side. The other tip is fine to leave on.
  2. Toss the beans into the salted and boiling water, (you’re basically blanching them) and cook the beans until just tender 3-4 minutes (depending on the size of your green beans). I always cook my beans for exactly 3 minutes and they are perfect!
  3. Note: Timing can vary depending on the size of your vegetable. There is only one sure way to tell if your vegetable is done: put it in you mouth and eat it.
  4. Transfer the beans with either a slotted spoon or mesh strainer to a bowl of ice water. This stops the cooking of the beans.
  5. Drain the beans, dry them off, and set them aside.
  6. Zest the lemon into matchstick-sized strips and squeeze 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
  7. Wash and chop up your mint and dill and measure out your feta cheese.
  8. Now that all of your ingredients are prepped, let's make the salad.
  9. Get out a large bowl and toss together the beans, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 1 tablespoon dill, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, lemon zest and feta. Feel free to season with a pinch of salt and pepper. I didn't add any salt or pepper, as I thought the beans were perfect the way they were.
  10. You can also add more mint, dill, lemon juice or feta to taste as well. I mean it's a salad, so feel free to add and delete what you wish.
  11. Serve up the salad immediately.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: serves 4 as a side
Recipe by Marin Mama Cooks at