Green Beans and Potatoes
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5 from 1 vote

Green Beans And Potatoes - Classic Recipe & 5 Delicious Variations

If you’re looking for simple, delicious, no-fuss dish that can be served in many different ways then you’ve got to try this green beans and potato salad!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb green beans , approx 450 g
  • 4 small size red or gold potatoes , approx 12-15 oz
  • 3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • Fresh parsley , finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove , chopped (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Wash and peel potatoes. If using medium size potatoes cut them in half. If using large size potato cut it in quarters. Although I still recommend using small size potatoes.
  • In a large pot with cold salted water add potatoes and bring them to boil. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
    In the meantime,
  • Wash and trim green beans.
  • To make the process easier and faster work green beans in batches.
    Line up each batch on one side and trim off the ends with a sharp knife.
    Flip the beans around, line up the tips again, and trim off the other side.
    this point you can cut trimmed beans in smaller size or leave as is.
    Repeat the process with remaining green beans.
  • Once potatoes have been boiling for a few minutes, add green beans.
  • Cook everything together for another 5-15 minutes. Check occasionally on both veggies (see Note 1).
  • Once both are cooked, remove potatoes and quickly pass green beans under cold water to prevent discoloration (optional).
  • Cut up potatoes into chunks.
  • In a small bowl mix together extra virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar.
  • In a large bowl add potatoes and green beans, add dressing, fresh parsley and give a gentle stir.
  • Top with freshly ground pepper to taste.
  • Since potatoes and green beans were boiled in salted water you might not need extra salt.


NOTE 1: Green beans usually cook in under 10 minutes, so you should be able to drain both at the same time. But it depends on the quality of green beans. If potatoes are cooked earlier than green beans you can easily remove them with a skimmer or a fork and let green beans continue to cook.