Recipe By Chef John
Published Apr 27th
Prep 10m Cook 10m Additional 4h Ready In 4h 20m
Servings 2 servings Calories 195.3

There are two ways you can do this recipe. You can boil your beans, dress them and serve immediately. I prefer it dressed and left to marinate in the fridge overnight, which gives you something closer to a pickled bean.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh romano or green beans, trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 fresh mint leaves, torn
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 mint leaves, for garnish

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add beans and cook uncovered until nearly tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well, and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. 2 Smash garlic, olive oil, mint, and salt using mortar and pestle.
  3. 3 Pour vinegar and half of olive oil mixture over beans and toss well.
  4. 4 Transfer beans to a resealable freezer bag. Pour remaining olive oil mixture into bag, squeeze out all air, seal and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
  5. 5 Remove beans from refrigerator, top with fresh mint and serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 195.3
  • Carbohydrate 17.3 g
  • Fat 13.8 g
  • Fiber 7.8 g
  • Protein 4.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.9 g
  • Sodium 16 mg
  • Sugar 3.2 g

Chef's Notes

For best results, marinate beans in olive oil and vinegar mixture overnight.


  1. I followed the recipe maybe added a bit more garlic and a bit more mint. Here's a tip: Use the mortar and pestle on the mint garlic and salt first then add the oil. I served the finished dish warm and had left overs cold 4 hours later. The recipe is significantly better with age - Read more ...
  2. I had never hear of these beans before and did not know what to do with them. Glad to have found this recipe! It was wonderful!!
  3. Really heavy on the garlic!
  4. It is a good quick easy recipe. However it is a little heavy on garlic and olive oil.
  5. Fantastic!!!!
  6. yummy add tomatoes....
  7. The store had no Romano beans so I used green beans and also used white balsamic vinegar. One thing that I will do differently next time is to steam them in the microwave as I know exactly how long it takes to cook them the way we like them. I overcooked the beans a bit - Read more ...

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