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Grilled Green Beans with Pistachio Pesto

  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


It’s time for green beans to get a makeover by throwing them on the grill. If you’re bored of beans you have to try this Grilled Green Beans with Pistachio Pesto recipe.


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Pistachio Pesto

  • 1/2 cup Shelled, salted pistachios
  • 1 cup Loosely-packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil ((1/4 - 1/2 cup))

Grilled Green Beans

  • 1 pound Fresh green beans, (trimmed)
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat Grill Preheat your grill to medium heat (around 500 degrees F).
  2. Pesto In the bowl of a food processor add the pistachios, basil leaves, salt, pepper, and garlic clove. Pulse until crumbly. Add the parmesan cheese, lemon zest and juice and pulse until it becomes fine crumbs, uniform in shape. Drizzle in olive oil (2-4 tablespoons) while pulsing until consistency is a a thin paste. Taste and adjust seasoning, then set aside. 
  3. Make Pan Make a grill “pan” out of aluminum foil. Start with a large square of foil, about 1.5 square feet in size. Fold up the edges to make a square with 2” rim. Pinch the 4 corners together to secure the shape of a square. 
  4. Oil beans Add green beans to the foil plan and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Grill Place foil pan on hot grill grates, close lid and cook for 9-11 minutes. Stir green beans frequently during cooking to prevent burning. Beans are done when they have grill marks and are crisp tender. Cook longer for very tender green beans. 
  6. Toss Remove beans from grill, pour into a serving dish, and immediately toss with pesto. Serve immediately. 


  • To make this recipe even quicker to prep, use store bought pesto instead of making your own. 
  • If you own a grill pan, you can use that instead of making your own in step 3.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Category: Side, Side Dish, Vegetable
  • Cuisine: Grilling

Keywords: Grilled Green Beans, Pistachio Pesto