Asian Green Bean Salad



Serving size

4 ounces green beans with sauce
30 Minutes
60 minutes

This recipe can be multiplied or divided by 2. This recipe makes great leftovers and keeps well, refrigerated, 3-4 days.

Asian Green Bean Salad


2 quart Water
16 ounces Green beans
1 Tbsp. Sesame oil
1/2 lime yields Lime juice, raw
1 tsp. Lime zest (minced)
2 tsp. Low sodium soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari sauce)
2 tsp. Chinese or Dijon mustard
2 tsp.. Sesame seeds (toasted optional)


Half fill a large mixing bowl with ice, then fill the bowl with water.

Place the 2 quarts water in a large skillet over high heat.

When the water is just about to boil, reduce the heat to keep it just at that point.

Add the green beans and blanch them (allow them to cook) for about 10 minutes. They should be slightly tender but still have a firm texture.

Remove the green beans to the ice water. Let stand for about 15 minutes until the beans are chilled. Drain the water and ice and place the beans on a paper towel on a plate, then pat dry with another paper towel.

Mix the sesame oil, lime juice, lime zest, soy sauce, and mustard in a mixing bowl.

Place the beans in the bowl and toss well.

Chill well before serving. Serve sprinkled with the sesame seeds.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free tamari sauce in this dish.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

This is a simple salad to make and can work as a side dish for almost any meal. I like to use the smaller French green beans, haricots verts, but any green bean will do – snow peas, pole beans, etc.. Try lightly toasting the sesame seeds in a hot pan: it adds a lot of roasted flavor to the dish and it’s worth taking that extra step.

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