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Avocado Caesar Green Beans

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Grab a bag of green beans, blitz up a quick avocado caesar, toast some panko, and let’s go! This is some type of magic.

This Avocado Caesar + Green Beans Combo Is Magic.

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Like, we’re here to talk about green beans, but pick anything from the garden and dunk it in this sauce and it will be your favorite food all summer.

Bjork’s parents were over for dinner a few weeks ago and I made a batch of air fryer chicken (because, what else?). We needed just one more thing to make it into a meal. I had a bag of green beans. I had a craving for this avocado caesar dressing. It was a perfect recipe meet-cute right there in a moment of pre-dinner chaos, and now it’s our summer meal formula.

The salty, bright creaminess of the caesar-like sauce gets all wrapped up with the tender, summery-fresh green beans and lil crispy bits on top and it’s just so good. Fun to look at, fun to eat, and a new summer favorite.

Caesar green beans on a plate with air fried chicken.

This + any protein is kind of the meal formula for us at the moment. And I feel like you could replicate this formula with almost any garden vegetable! Grilled or roasted zucchini, asparagus, or fresh tender garden lettuce (like a real Caesar).

Easy proteins I usually turn to:

Finally, a special word of endorsement for the avocado caesar dressing in this recipe. No matter what veggie we serve it with, they absolutely love it. I have heard the same from so many of you on Instagram – specifically that your kids like it! I do not know what it is about this sauce, but if you are feeding kids, I hope this sauce alone unlocks something for you at mealtime.

It’s lemony and tangy and finger-licking delicious with minimal ingredient usage. My favorite!

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Welcome To My Home! Let’s Make These Green Beans.

1

Cook Your Green Beans!

I boil them for about 3-4 minutes so they get tender and bright green. If you cook them for longer than 5 minutes or so, you will likely end up with green beans that turn dull green. Bright green ftw!

Adding green beans to a pot of boiling water.

2

Blitz Up Your Avocado Caesar Dressing.

I love this little blender (affiliate link) for quick sauce blitzing! This avocado caesar is SO GOOD.

Avocado caesar dressing in a jar.

3

Make Your Panko Crispies (If You Want).

Pop a batch of these in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds at a time, stir, and repeat until they’re nice and golden! They keep really well in the fridge for use in lots of things – currently loving them in this big yummy Italian salad.

Crispy breadcrumbs in a bowl.

4

Assemble With The Toppings.

Green beans first, then dressing, then panko, then Parmesan. Red pepper flakes, freshly ground black pepper, or lemon zest if you’re feeling it!

Sprinkling crispy panko on top of caesar green beans.
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4

You’re Done! Yum!

You can serve this in one big family-style dish (as shown) or put the little piles of green beans on individual plates and build that way. Either way, get in there and cut up the beans so they mix with the punchy, creamy caesar and the crunchies. So good.

Caesar green beans on a plate with crispy panko.

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Avocado Caesar Green Beans


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Description

These Avocado Caesar Green Beans are some type of magic! Tender green beans, a zippy avocado caesar, and toasty panko all over top.


Ingredients

Units Scale

Avocado Caesar Dressing:

  • half an avocado
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup water (up to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Panko Crispies:

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch of salt

The Green Beans

  • 12 ounces green beans, ends trimmed
  • Parmesan for topping

Instructions

  1. Make the Avocado Caesar: Blitz everything in a small blender jar until smooth sauce / dressing forms. Taste and adjust (look out, it’s really good). If it’s too thick, add some extra water until it drizzles smoothly off the end of a spoon.
  2. Make the Panko Crispies: Mix panko, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until the panko starts to turn golden (about 2-3 minutes total). It’ll be very hot – be careful, don’t taste it yet.
  3. Cook the Green Beans: Boil green beans for 3-5 minutes until bright green. If you want to preserve the best color, drain and transfer to a bowl with ice water to shock the green beans and stop them from cooking further. Not necessary, but I do this sometimes because I like the very bright green!
  4. Assemble and Serve: Arrange the green beans on a platter, top with dollops of the avocado caesar, and sprinkles of panko crispies and grated Parmesan. (You’ll probably have a little bit of avocado caesar left which I never have any issues using up!) Add lemon zest, black pepper, or chili flakes if you want. Serve warm or cold with your favorite protein, and maybe a little extra sauce for dunking. So good!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: caesar dressing, avocado caesar, green beans, side dish

Frequently Asked Questions For Avo Caesar Green Beans

Can I use a different vegetable?

YES please repeat this style with every vegetable you can think of! This would be an amazing way to build any kind of garden-vegetable side dish for summer! Fresh lettuce, grilled zucchini, asparagus… someone on Instagram suggested doing this with broccoli and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I might need to try that ASAP.

What proteins work well with this recipe?

I’ve said it a few times now but it’s worth saying again: I think this + any easy protein makes the perfect summer meal formula. For the easiest option, you could do a store-bought chicken sausage or grilled brats. For a medium effort option, grilled chicken or shrimp, baked salmon, or obviously I’m going to recommend our house favorite air fryer chicken or air fryer salmon! (We have an air fryer tofu recipe that is amazing, but for some reason it doesn’t seem right with this recipe. If you’re looking for a veg protein I would suggest something like a veggie burger or grilled tofu!)

How do you store the leftovers?

In the fridge, separately. The sauce, crispies, and Parmesan (obvi) keep really well in the fridge! You can either cook your green beans fresh each time you make this, or you can cook a big batch of the beans and then reheat them before adding your toppings. This also works to eat room temperature or cold!

Can you make this vegan?

Yes! Use vegan mayo and skip the parmesan.

Can you use something other than mayo?

I found mayonnaise to be the right ingredient to add creaminess and flavor to the dressing. If you really don’t want to use mayo, you could sub Greek yogurt (more tangy flavor), or just leave it out altogether with the consequence of a more watery but still delicious dressing.

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32 Comments

  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love an oven roasted green bean and I cannot WAIT to make these with the dressing!! I will report back!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I would like to respectfully suggest that you use something other than mayonnaise –because as I understand it –not so healthy due to emulsifiers–check it out. Perhaps olive oil and lemon juice?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Try Chosen avocado mayo. I like it better than regular mayo and it has a clean list of ingredients.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am looking for a non-egg based switch for mayo – my family is allergic! I have tried the vegan mayo and am not a fan – any suggestions?

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made tonight to brighten up our green beans served with leftover meat… Was so good! Even my 9 & 10 year olds enjoyed it, dipping their tater tots in. Is definitely a keeper! Thank you!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made these tonight and served with steak! I have to say, this sauce was not my favourite. I tripled the garlic but it still gave me too much mayo, but not much else. I might not have watered it down enough. My husband and 2 year old loved it though; toddler gobbled it all up!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Our family of 5 including 3 picky kids LOVED this recipe. We will definitely make it again!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow, this Avocado Caesar Green Beans recipe sounds absolutely amazing! Finding new ways to enjoy green beans, and the combination with avocado Caesar dressing is something I’ve never thought of. The photos make it look so delicious and fresh. Anyone should be eager to give this a try soon – it seems like the perfect summer dish. Thank you for sharing such a creative and mouth-watering recipe.

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m sorry but this was so delicious. Made with air fryer chicken and it was so good. I always read things like this and doubt that a quick no stress dinner will work the same for me (a full time mum with 2 small kids and 2 hours to turn around dinner and bedtime for everyone each night) but this was really easy and so nice. I made the sauce ahead of time to minimise clean up but it took 2 minutes and kept perfectly. Also was able to feed my very fussy kids green beans and chicken with a couple of flat breads and they were very happy too. Will be making this again.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was amazing! I made it with the linked air fried salmon. A super easy recipe but wowed my parents!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I used the whole avocado and went a little lighter on mayo and it still tasted great.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This Avocado Caesar Green Beans recipe is a perfect summer side dish with its creamy, tangy dressing and crispy panko topping. It’s versatile, easy to make, and a sure hit with both kids and adults!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Creamy and flavorful! I put this on green beans and your air fryer chicken. Delicious!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi, I have 2 pounds of green beans so I’m planning on making more of the dressing. Can you help with how long this will keep and still taste okay due to the avocado? Thanks in advance!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG these were so good! I thought I’d like them but was not prepared for how much! The sauce is great and we were shocked by how much it tasted like Caesar dressing. Had them with leftover Peruvian chicken for an easy dinner. 5 star for sure! Thanks for another great recipe!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These are stupid good! And quite simple. My 2.5 year old sat on the counter dunking the cold blanched green beans in the sauce while I cooked the rest of dinner.

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Best green beans I’ve ever had!! Been telling all my family and friends. Quadrupled the recipe for an extended family dinner tonight. 10/10!

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I finally made the avocado Cesar and it was really good! I did green beans, onion, zucchini, and mushrooms on the Blackstone and this was the best sauce! The lemon was a pleasant pop and it was good in chicken and salad too. I will be making this again and again!

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this on the weekend for a Christmas in July party! (Live in Australia) and was a total hit.

    Delicious!!!