Lemon Butter Green Beans with Cranberries Walnuts and Feta


The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without all the side dishes, right? These Lemon Butter Green Beans with Cranberries Walnuts and Feta are a festive, bright and flavorful side dish and you’ll love this combination of textures!

Lemon Butter Green Beans with Cranberries Walnuts and Feta

You get those tender crisp green beans, chewy dried cranberries, crunchy walnuts and that soft and tangy feta cheese. It’s not your typical salad or green bean dish but it’s so nice to have new options for a change!

Speaking of green beans – have you guys tried the Rubbermaid Fresh Works containers yet??


I’m obsessed with them!

Lemon Butter Green Beans

I first got a few earlier this year and I’ve been using them all. the. time. I’ve gotten so tired of food waste due to food that has gone bad in my refrigerator and these have really been a game changer, they help produce last up to 80% longer!

My berries last up to two weeks longer than they normally would! At the end of summer I was hoarding berries away in these in my fridge so it could be like summer was lasting that much longer for me :).

The photo above is the day I purchased the green beans and added them to my Rubbermaid Fresh Works container, on a Tuesday. 8 days later the next Wednesday they are still in excellent shape as pictured below!

Lemon Butter Green Beans

The way it works is that their FreshVent technology creates an optimal environment for fruits and vegetables by regulating the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide in and out of the produce container. The CrispTray at the bottom of the food container elevates produce away from moisture and promotes airflow to help prevent spoilage. The built-in lid filter never needs to be replaced and will last a lifetime.

My kind of product! They are now available in unique sizes to fit tomatoes, asparagus and green beans. I love that they come in a variety of sizes!

Lemon Butter Green Beans with Cranberries Walnuts and Feta

I also really love these lemony green beans! And thanks to these containers I can buy my green beans the week before Thanksgiving – because we know how that holiday grocery shopping goes. The stores start to run out of everything.

But I’ll have my green beens tucked away in my fridge already.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Lemon Butter Green Beans with Cranberries Walnuts and Feta


Lemon Butter Green Beans with Cranberries Walnuts and Feta

4.41 from 5 votes

These bright lemony green beans are such a delicious side dish! Love the flavor, love the textures and love the colors! 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 2 tsp lemon zest


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and boil 3 - 5 minutes until tender crisp. Drain then immediately rinse under cold water. Drain well. 

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Add in drained green beans and saute 1 minute or until heated through. 

  3. Toss in walnuts, cranberries and lemon juice and season with salt to taste. 

  4. Sprinkle in feta and lemon zest. Serve warm.

  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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  • Alex: The recipe was nice but make sure you let the beans cool down before adding the fetta or it goes a bit mushy. Tasted good though. January 7, 2018 at 8:57pm Reply

  • Donna: Hi Jaclyn, I recently tried and loved this recipe. Thanks for sharing. I would love to serve this for Christmas lunch with those lovely colours, textures and flavours but being in Australia we are having cold food. Do you think it would work as a cold dish? December 18, 2017 at 5:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely. I may switch to olive oil though so the butter doesn’t solidify. December 18, 2017 at 9:22pm Reply

      • Donna: Thanks. It’s going on the Christmas lunch menu then. Merry Christmas. ????☃️❄️
        P.S. Strange that we still post pictures of snowmen and snowflakes at Christmas when the sun is beating down outside, but we do! December 21, 2017 at 10:05pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Yes it felt like that when I lived in Arizona :). I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! December 21, 2017 at 10:22pm Reply

  • char: These look delicious and I would just love to try them but I hate hard crispy green beans…How long do you cook for a little softer texture without being over done ?? December 18, 2017 at 6:55am Reply

  • Melora: I substituted the cranberries for fresh pomegranate (that’s what I had). It was yummy, and very well appreciated by almost everyone (my brother doesn’t like crunchy vegetables). December 18, 2017 at 2:30am Reply

  • Cheryl Illinois: I am makin g this for Tanksiving Sounds wonderful! November 22, 2017 at 11:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them Cheryl! Happy Thanksgiving! November 23, 2017 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Meenal: This recipe is stellar. It turned out awesome!! November 22, 2017 at 5:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked these lemon butter green beans Meenal! Thanks for leaving a review! November 23, 2017 at 12:45am Reply

  • kumar: Wow ! what a fantastic recipe is shared here and I am very sure about green been with a lemon will give a incredible taste. November 21, 2017 at 2:49am Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: T’his is so pretty, the perfect holiday side! :) November 19, 2017 at 3:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! November 20, 2017 at 10:27am Reply

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