Green Beans And Pecans With A Tart Cherry Vinaigrette

Green Beans And Pecans Tossed With A Tart Cherry Vinaigrette is a sweet and savory side dish that can be prepared in under thirty minutes. The recipe is as delicious as it is easy and goes well with most main courses. I believe your guests, especially your vegan and vegetarian family members and friends, will really enjoy these green beans.

Green Beans With Pecans And Tart Cherry Vinaigrette

Green Beans With Pecans And Tart Cherry Vinaigrette

Pecans are my favorite nut and add nice texture and flavor to this dish but can be substituted with other nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts or even pine nuts. If you can’t find the sweet tart dried cherries, the green beans are equally good made with dried cranberries…I’ve prepared the recipe both ways and love it.

Green Beans With Pecans And A Tart Cherry Vinaigrette 

Serves 4 – 6, adjust the recipe accordingly.


  • 1/4 c. Sherry wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 shallot, minced (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 c. or more, dried tart cherries

Whisk the first eight ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix in dried cherries, set aside for at least 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. (The vinaigrette can be made a day ahead, covered and refrigerated. Before using, bring it to room temperature and whisk).

Green Beans

  • 1 lb. small green beans (haricots verts, if available), stems trimmed off
  • vinaigrette to taste
  • 1/4 c. or more pecans, toasted and broken into large pieces

Fill a large bowl with ice and water and set aside. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water (enough water to cover the beans) to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until tender crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on their size. Drain in a colander and immediately put in the bowl of ice water. When cool, drain well and put on a towel lined baking sheet. Pat dry so that the dressing will cling to the beans. (The recipe can be prepared up to this point one a day in advance. Wrap the beans in paper towels and place in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate. Let the green beans come to room temperature before tossing with the other ingredients and serving).

Place the green beans in a large bowl and gradually pour in enough vinaigrette to coat, then toss. You may not need all of the vinaigrette, if not, spoon out any remaining cherries and add to the beans. Taste for additional seasoning, if necessary. Add the toasted pecans and give one final toss. Transfer to a platter and serve. (The recipe can be prepared 2 hours in advance and kept at room temperature.)


I love the green beans and toasted pecans tossed with the delicious cherry vinaigrette. This colorful dish with its flavorful combination of sweet, savory and crunchy tastes is special enough to serve during the holidays but is easy enough to serve at a weeknight meal.

Besides the green beans being a great side dish, they can be served as part of a salad. Top sturdy greens, such as romaine, with the green bean recipe then sprinkle on goat or blue cheese crumbles for protein to create a simple, light and delicious lunch. If you would like a more filling main course salad for your evening meal, you could add another vegetable such as colorful golden beets and sliced chicken or turkey. I do hope you give the green bean recipe a try and let me know how you liked it.

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84 Responses to Green Beans And Pecans With A Tart Cherry Vinaigrette

  1. I love every ingredient in this recipe. Sounds and looks amazing. 🙂

  2. David says:

    What a perfect holiday side dish – thanks!

  3. Darlene says:

    What a fabulous recipe. Thanks!!

  4. I love how bright this dish is with the tart cherries, Karen. It’s a great color for Christmas dinner too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, I thought the colors of the green beans and cherries would be a nice side to serve at everyones holiday table…thank you for your nice compliment.

  5. Donna Donabella says:

    Love new and creative veggie recipes…thanks for this one!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, It is so nice to hear from you, you’ve been missed from the blogging world. I’m glad that you like the green beans with pecans and the cherry vinaigrette. Thank you for your visit, I hope you stop by again. 😊

  6. Mad Dog says:

    That sounds unusual and interestingly, I was reading about cherry vinegar just yesterday.

  7. This looks really wonderful, Karen, and delicious for the holidays. Or anytime, for that matter. I hadn’t thought of the mint in the vinaigrette — that’s a nice touch. And if it has pecans, I’m in!

    Thanks for stopping by yesterday and visiting! I always love to see you at the blog!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jeanie, I’m glad the like the recipe. Yes, the mint works very will in this dish, it is one ingredient I wouldn’t leave out. I’m having trouble leaving comments with my blogging friends on Blogspot and Blogger but know that I’m visiting. The Christmas swag that you made was lovely.

  8. kitchenriffs says:

    I’d probably serve this as a side sometimes, a salad others. What a great dish! That vinaigrette looks spectacular. Love green beans, and this is a neat way to serve them. Thanks!

  9. Sunnycovechef says:

    I like green beans and prepare them often. I am going to try this recipe . Pinned!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for the pin and the nice compliment Gerlinde. I hope you will continue to heal and be back in your kitchen soon so that you can try the recipe.

  10. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    This sounds wonderful! I think I would use pistachios! Pinning for the future!

  11. This dish looks delicious and I love green beans with pecans.

  12. This vinaigrette sounds amazing. Love the idea of the tart cherries. This is a perfect holiday side dish.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbi, The cherry vinaigrette is outstanding and really makes the green beans a different and delicious side, perfect for the holidays. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  13. Sounds divine! I am also a pecan and green bean fan and love the idea. Green beans soon from my garden to try this out.

  14. Cathy says:

    Sounds delicious. I will add this to our Christmas dinner Karen. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Angela says:

    Sounds wonderful.

  16. I’m going to make this as a side to our Christmas dinner. I like the idea of adding beets and cheese. Very nice!

  17. I like green beans and I really like the idea of serving them with dried cherries, I must try this!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Caroline, I believe you would enjoy this unusual yet delicious combination of flavors. My husband is crazy about them and he really isn’t much of a vegetable eater. 😊

  18. So very festive! Love the presentation, Karen.

  19. Debra says:

    This gets high marks from me, Karen. I love each component separately, and together, WOW! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your nice compliment on the green beans Debra, thank you. I just made them again last night for friends and everyone seemed to enjoy them.

  20. Ron says:

    A very nice change to the old green bean casseroles of my past. I love sherry vinegar, but never put it with green beans. A wonderful holiday side dish.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ron for your nice compliment. While I know a green bean casserole is very popular, these green beans not only taste great but are much healthier.

  21. Splendid ! Just splendid, thank you so much for this ‘tip’ !

  22. Another healthy and delicious meal, I’m sure, not just for vegetarians. I too love Pecan nuts and often have them with my breakfast cereals. Thanks for sharing, Karen.

  23. Liz says:

    Besides being gorgeous, these beans sound absolutely delicious! A festive side for the holidays or any company! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Liz for your compliment and wish. I just served the green beans at a Christmas party I had last night and they were a hit, I’m glad you like the dish.

  24. While I’m not really much for green beans, this sort of preparation could actually convince me to put them on my plate. Love that combination of sweet and tart, with a bit of crunch!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hannah, I do hope you give the green bean recipe a try as I believe you would enjoy it. The pecans and cherry vinaigrette really do a lot for the dish. My husband isn’t much of a fan of green beans and he loves them.

  25. Carolyn Jung says:

    Sounds like the perfect addition to my Christmas feast. I’m always looking for new riffs on green beans, and this one definitely entices.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Carolyn, for your compliment. I’m glad you like the green bean recipe. I just served them at a holiday dinner party and my friends loved them.

  26. Marcelle says:

    Karen we love fresh green beans and pecans are also my favorite nut! I’m always looking for new ways to serve green beans and I will definitely try this recipe very soon!! The colors in this dish would look so beautiful on a Christmas buffet! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I’m happy to know that you like the green bean and pecan recipes Marcelle. I agree with you about the colors being perfect for a Christmas meal…I just served them at a holiday party this week. 😀

  27. Kim Bultman says:

    These look and sound SO good, Karen! Love the sweet/savory combo and your photo. Thank you!

  28. nancyc says:

    This looks like a delicious way to serve green beans! Wonderful side dish for the holidays!

  29. Amy says:

    Wonderful recipe, Karen!

  30. Lovely recipe.
    Thanks again for letting me know about my website snafu.

  31. Eva Taylor says:

    This side dish looks so festive snd pretty. Flavour combination sounds wonderful.

  32. chef mimi says:

    Oh, this is really pretty. I love the cherry part. I don’t tend to use much mint. I should really have a plant inside!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment about the green beans Mimi. I believe the combination of cherries, mint and pecans really make the recipe special.

  33. I Wilkerson says:

    This looks so good. We have a cherry growing region nearby so the dried cherries are common here.

    • Karen says:

      Perfect Inger, I’m glad you have a local source for the delicious dried cherries. They work so well in combination with the green beans and pecans.

  34. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . this recipe looks perfect to serve during the holiday season.

  35. Gloria Baker says:

    This looks delicious!

  36. I would have never thought to pair green beans with cherries, but it does make sense. This looks wonderful! I love your tips on turning it into a meal.

  37. Karen says:

    Thank you Thao for your nice compliment. Yes, the cherries are a nice addition to green beans.

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