Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Quick, easy and utterly delicious, Lemon Pepper Green Beans make a wonderful VEGAN side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, holiday or weeknight dinners. Steamed green beans are tossed in a tart lemon vinaigrette, then seasoned with copious amounts of pepper before serving.

Overhead view of lemon pepper green beans in serving dish surrounded by linens

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These Lemon Pepper Green Beans are a nod to my childhood neighbors, Mohan and Pratima.

We shared so many dinners in the years we lived on the same street, and their Lemon Pepper Green Beans were always out of this world. In fact, they were so delicious that my family started adding their favorite lemon pepper seasoning to our green beans all the darn time.

It’s been years since I had their green beans. So when I was plotting out my side dish menu, I wanted to make a fresh(er) version of this without the spice blend, which is chock full of salt.

So I made a thick lemon vinaigrette to toss the green beans in.

Different angles of lemon pepper green beans in a yellow serving dish

Unsurprisingly, this fresh recipe is all kinds of delicious.

And it is stupid easy to make.

Trust me. The most challenging part is steaming the green beans and getting them to the crisp tender stage, where they still have a little bit of crunch but are cooked through.

The rest is just lagniappe.

Overhead close up of Lemon Pepper Green Beans with seasoning on top

Lemon Pepper Green Beans Essentials

Blogsgiving Dinner 2015 // The Speckled Palate

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and delicious food. Luckily, the food blogging community is allabout these things, as well. To celebrate the holiday, Meghan from Cake ‘n Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. And this year, there are more than 60 blogs sharing recipes this week!

The idea is based on an old-fashioned potluck dinner party.

Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party, so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal. We’ll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner, but you can see all the whole menu in Part 1 and Part 2 of the recipe round-up.

Lemon Pepper Green Beans in serving dish in front of pumpkin décor

I’d like to think Mohan and Pratima would approve of this rendition of their classic side that is crazy delicious.

Interested in more green bean recipes for the holiday table? We love Toasted Pine Nut Green Beans, Vegan Fresh Green Bean CasseroleGreen Bean Bacon Bundles, Crunchy Green Bean Casserole Bites and Roasted Green Beans.

If you’re interested in adding a bit of lemon pepper zing to your Thanksgiving table, here’s how you make these simple, but gorgeous beans!

Overhead view of Lemon Pepper Green Beans in serving dish on linens
Overhead view of lemon pepper green beans in serving dish surrounded by linens
Yield: 4 servings

Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Lemon Pepper Green Beans are a quick, easy and utterly delicious side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. Steamed green beans are tossed in a tart lemon vinaigrette, then seasoned with copious amounts of pepper before serving.


  • 1 lb. green beans, trimmed

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In a steamer basket over boiling water, steam the green beans for a few minutes until crisp tender. Remove from the heat, transfer the beans to a heat-proof bowl and set aside.
  2. In a mason jar or a bowl, combine the vinaigrette ingredients -- the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, pepper and salt. Whisk until combined.
  3. In the large bowl, pour the vinaigrette on top of the warm green beans.
  4. Toss using tongs until everything has been coated.
  5. Enjoy warm.

Nutrition Information:


4 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 267mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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