Green Beans with Cranberries & Walnuts

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Looking for a low-calorie side dish to go with your delicious dinner? Green beans contain only 44 calories per cup and they cook up to be crisp and flavorful. The cranberries and walnuts add sweetness, vitamins and nutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids. Dig in!

Green Beans with Cranberries & Walnuts

Green Beans with Cranberries & Walnuts

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 3/4 cup |Calories: 139 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: mg | Sodium: 207 mg | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 3 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5


  • 1-1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced


  1. Blanch the green beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender-crisp, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove the green beans from the boiling water, place in a bowl of water with ice cubes for a few minutes to stop the cooking, and then drain and dry well.
  3. Whisk together the vinegar and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Stir in the salt and pepper.
  4. Add the cool green beans to a large bowl and toss in the walnuts, cranberries and shallots and drizzle in the vinaigrette. Place on a platter or serving dish.

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10 Comments on "Green Beans with Cranberries & Walnuts"

  1. Jer  November 15, 2016

    Can it be made up ahead and put in fridge?

    • Kym Votruba  November 16, 2016

      Yes, this recipe can be made ahead of time. 🙂

  2. Liz  November 19, 2016

    Would love to make for Thanksgiving. If made earlier, is it served chilled or kept out @ room temp?

    • Gale Compton  November 20, 2016

      Liz, I served this at room temperature but either is fine. Personally, I think room temp or even warm is nice for Thanksgiving. 🙂

  3. Amy  May 29, 2017

    Any suggestions for nut substitutes?

    • Gale Compton  May 30, 2017

      Amy, Hmmmmm…I would suggest leaving the nuts out. It’s yummy either way. 🙂

  4. Elizabrth  April 30, 2019

    Sounds delicious. Making it tomorrow with Meat loaf.

  5. Rachel  November 17, 2019

    Would love a suggestion for a replacement for the nuts! I would love something crunchy that I could use instead of the walnuts as I have a severe nut allergy

    • Nichole Furlong  November 17, 2019

      Hi Rachel, pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) or hulled sunflower seeds would be delicious!


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