10 Minute Fancy Green Beans with Goat Cheese

10 Minute Fancy Green Bean Recipe with Goat Cheese and Bacon

As I’m getting further into my no added sugar, no grains challenge I’m starting to really enjoy healthy eating again! And I sure do love finding ways to treat my palate to a decadent, rich taste without sacrificing my health. Enter Green Beans with Goat Cheese and Bacon!

I pulled this recipe from my old blog’s archive this week to make and I’m so glad I did! Jessica, my old blog partner introduced this recipe to me and even put it on our old blog (Saving Money, Living Life) so you may remember it if you’ve been a long time reader.

This is an easy recipe that my husband and I love, and an easy way to dress up green beans in under 5 minutes. The goat cheese is especially good when added to the beans while they are still hot- it softens and starts to melt a little. You can also use red wine vinegar if you don’t have sherry vinegar. My mom makes it with the bacon while I usually opt for using almonds instead for a lighter alternative. Enjoy!

10 Minute Fancy Green Bean Recipe with Goat Cheese and Bacon

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10 Minute Fancy Green Beans with Goat Cheese
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  • 1½ lb. green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • ⅔ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 (4-ounce) log goat cheese, crumbled
  • Optional: ¼ cup almonds and/or cooked bacon (crumbled)
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add green beans and cook until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Toss with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and transfer to a large platter.
  5. Scatter cranberries, goat cheese and almonds over the top and serve warm.
And PS don’t you just love a wooden serving platter? I just got some new wooden looking bamboo salad tossing tongs and am wanting to add more wooden serving pieces to my collection. Here’s a few I found and like below!


  1. February 3, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    This recipe will definitely get me eating more green beans!! I want goat cheese on everything.

  2. February 3, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    What a great way to serve green beans!

  3. February 9, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    I´m not the biggest fan of green beans, but this looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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