Green Goddess Green Beans

Because a girlfriend of mine loves green beans, I’m always on the lookout for interesting green bean recipes. Like all food lovers, I like to please the folks for whom I’m cooking, so finding special recipes is mandatory!

So I was on Epicurious searching something, and came across a unique green bean recipe – Green Goddess Green Beans – and the reviews were pretty good.

Of course, there were a few heated arguments comments about the term “green goddess” in the review section, (these are always fun to read), but overall it seemed like a good, unique recipe.

Turns out, the recipe is definitely worth sharing!


Oh, and the great thing with good friends right next door? I can share with them all of the dishes that my husband won’t eat, so none of my blogging food goes to waste!

A perfect example is this recipe. Out of all of the ingredients, my husband would only eat the green beans, salt, and pepper. Thank goodness for good friends, especially good foodie friends!

Green Goddess Green Beans
Slightly adapted from Epicurious

1 lb green beans, trimmed
1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 small clove garlic, peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cook the beans in a steamer over a pot of boiling water until just tender, about 6-7 minutes.
When cooked, remove the steamer from the boiling water; set aside.

If the beans are cooked a bit too much, drop the beans in ice water for a few seconds, then place them on paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Using a small blender, purée the parsley, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, lemon juice, anchovy paste, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth.

I also added a small clove of garlic after the fact, and I’m glad I did.
Transfer the green goddess sauce to a bowl and toss with the beans.

I added more salt and pepper to the green beans, as you can tell.

The beans were served slightly warm, with a simply grilled filet mignon. A lovely combination.

The green goddess sauce is superb. It would also be lovely on grilled potatoes and tomatoes!

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Linda Duffin March 3, 2017 at 7:14 AM - Reply

    I could happily dive head-first into a bowl of that sauce. I’ll bet it would be great as a dip with cruditees, too. Yum.

    • chef mimi March 3, 2017 at 7:18 AM - Reply

      It definitely would. I would never have put anything on green beans before – I guess I’m more of a purist. But I’ll definitely be making these again!

      • Linda Duffin March 3, 2017 at 7:20 AM

        I don’t usually put anything other than salt, pepper and sometimes butter on French beans (when they’re fresh from the garden at the start of the season we often eat them like asparagus) but I could make an exception for this!

      • chef mimi March 3, 2017 at 7:22 AM

        Exactly. I might do browned butter or olive oil and salt on beans, Brussels sprouts, etc. Especially if they’re right out of the garden/farmer’s market!

  2. thecompletebook March 3, 2017 at 7:18 AM - Reply

    Fabulous recipe Mimi. My Pete isn’t a green bean fan as he says they always squeak on his teeth and I personally prefer a bean fresh and tender as opposed to overcook.
    Have a glorious weekend.
    :-) Mandy xo

    • chef mimi March 6, 2017 at 12:37 PM - Reply

      Oh my gosh! I guess they do kind of squeak! But that’s a good thing!!! There are definitely no overcooked vegetables in my house.

  3. Travel Gourmet March 3, 2017 at 7:28 AM - Reply

    Sounds brilliant! I like beans and it’s great to have a recipe for dressing them in a special way.

    • chef mimi March 6, 2017 at 12:38 PM - Reply

      It’s something a little different, but the recipe turned out even more tasty than I expected! My girlfriend loved them!

  4. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso March 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    I never would have thought of pairing green beans with green goddess sauce, but now that I see it I love the idea. :)

  5. Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef March 3, 2017 at 9:51 AM - Reply

    I think we have a lot in common Mimi. I enjoy searching for recipes, especially on Epicurious, they have all the old recipes from Gourmet magazine. I love sauces but have never made a green goddess sauce. I am going to try this one. Thanks for the recipe.

    • chef mimi March 3, 2017 at 12:37 PM - Reply

      I made one for the blog a while back, because I had a memory of Green Goddess dressing at a salad bar we would frequent when I was in high school. I think I might delete that post because it was before I started working on my photography, and the photos are horrendous! But that dressing was also green because of avocado. This sauce could easily be thinned with a little oil and vinegar and be a delightful vinaigrette.

  6. StefanGourmet March 3, 2017 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    The name is a bit over the top, but this does look like a great way to make green beans more interesting. Your husband doesn’t eat mayo?!

  7. ladyredspecs March 3, 2017 at 3:48 PM - Reply

    This is new to me. Green Goddess Dressing has never made it to Oz but as a lover of all things green, esp beans I’ll be giving this a go, thanks…..

    • chef mimi March 3, 2017 at 5:50 PM - Reply

      It’s a dumb name that comes from a movie name, if I remember right. But it’s really good, so dont let the name deter you! The dressing can also have an avocado in it, but I think there are countless variations.

  8. anotherfoodieblogger March 3, 2017 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    I’m always on the lookout for ways to dress up plain ol’ green beans too. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Mimi!

    • chef mimi March 4, 2017 at 3:40 PM - Reply

      You’re welcome. It’s a bit different. Good is you love what parsley does to a purée!

  9. Cocoa & Lavender March 4, 2017 at 2:53 AM - Reply

    Yay! A different green bean recipe! Thanks, Mimi!

  10. Karen March 4, 2017 at 10:37 AM - Reply

    I like the fancily dress green beans in their coat of light green. I would definitely like to be your neighbor. :)

  11. eliotthecat March 4, 2017 at 2:17 PM - Reply

    Pinning for the first spring beans!!!!

  12. sippitysup March 4, 2017 at 5:16 PM - Reply

    Green Goddess is great on just about everything. So it seems you can keep your neighbor happy for a long time! I’ve served it on salmon and jicama. GREG

    • chef mimi March 4, 2017 at 5:26 PM - Reply

      Salmon for sure. Parsley is just a wonderful herb!!!

  13. Lisa @ cheergerm March 5, 2017 at 2:48 PM - Reply

    Will certainly be trying these soon as I have been buying a bag of green beans at the growers market every week.

    • chef mimi March 6, 2017 at 12:39 PM - Reply

      If you like parsley, you’ll love this sauce. It’s a fun addition to green beans!

  14. nildamacedopaulino March 5, 2017 at 6:34 PM - Reply

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  15. gypsygurl64 March 6, 2017 at 5:53 AM - Reply

    I like green beans but I’m always looking for something to jazz them up a bit. I think that sauce would work on brussels sprouts which are my favorite!

    • chef mimi March 6, 2017 at 6:58 AM - Reply

      This sauce would definitely jazz anything up – even potatoes would be great with it!

  16. David @ Spiced March 6, 2017 at 8:27 AM - Reply

    What a fun twist on green beans, Mimi! We always keep a bag of fresh beans on hand for an easy side dish…and this sounds like a delicious way to mix ’em up. Thanks for the idea!

    • chef mimi March 6, 2017 at 8:29 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome! I like them just steamed, too, but this was a fun option!

  17. sugarlovespices March 6, 2017 at 10:01 AM - Reply

    Yum! Love the flavors of these green beans. Wish we were your neighbours :-) !

    • chef mimi March 6, 2017 at 12:40 PM - Reply

      Oh my yes. I wish about 50-60 of us food bloggers were all neighbors! What foodie fun!

  18. Anonymous March 6, 2017 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    I just love green beans and this is a great and new way to enjoy them. Love the recipe. Usually served them steamed with garlic, olive oil and toasted piñon nuts, parsley. Thanks!

    • Anonymous March 6, 2017 at 12:32 PM - Reply

      Sorry meant to sign my name to last comment. Elena Bourke

    • chef mimi March 6, 2017 at 12:35 PM - Reply

      I understand. Especially when vegetables are super fresh. But this is a fun option!

  19. Loretta March 6, 2017 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    Those ingredients are amazing! When I read anchovy paste, I knew I’d love it. I’m sure it added a huge “zing” to the entire dish. Lovely!

  20. camparigirl March 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Reply

    I have always had mixed feelings about the green goddess dressing (I am more in your husband’s camp when it comes to green beans) but I can see how it can be a good fit. Maybe it’s just a question of balance – I don’t like it when I can taste mayo in a dressing. They do look delicious, I have to admit.

    • chef mimi March 7, 2017 at 7:07 PM - Reply

      Wait, aren’t you italian?

      • camparigirl March 9, 2017 at 6:44 PM

        Yes but it’s not Italian is it?

      • chef mimi March 10, 2017 at 7:27 AM

        Well, I’m thinking aioli…

  21. Melissa Gillan March 7, 2017 at 7:18 PM - Reply

    Anything with anchovies, yes please! I will definitely try this. We are on our last bag of frozen beans from last autumn. :)

    • chef mimi March 8, 2017 at 6:28 AM - Reply

      Oh goodness how wonderful. You must have had quite a crop!

  22. Culinary Flavors March 8, 2017 at 2:17 AM - Reply

    I love green beans and so does my husband! Only my son hates them but I will get him around haha! I am keeping this to try! great recipe!

    • chef mimi March 8, 2017 at 6:28 AM - Reply

      Thank you! It was a fun change from steamed or roasted!

  23. March 13, 2017 at 3:20 PM - Reply

    I love green beans and appreciate a new, very unique recipe with lots of good ingredients. I will be anxious to try this…

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