The fresh fruit and vegetable combination is paired with a variety of fresh herbs, making it easy to stay healthy without sacrificing flavor.

Yield: 6 servings

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Nutritional Highlights: Green beans are fairly low-calorie but pack a powerful antioxidant punch, as do pears, which are also rich in cholesterol-lowering fiber. Walnuts provide heart-healthy omega-3 fats.

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Recipe From: Tennessee Home and Farm


  • 1 ½ pounds haricots verts (French green beans) or other slender green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons walnut oil (can substitute vegetable oil)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 small firm but ripe pears, such as Bosc, peeled, cored and julienned (cut into matchstick-size strips)
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1-1 ½-ounce piece Parmesan cheese, shaved with vegetable peeler

Tips & Notes

Always allow pears to ripen at room temperature, not in the refrigerator.



  1. Cook haricots verts (French green beans) in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold water. Drain well, and set aside.Can prepare beans ahead and chill in refrigerator if desired.

  2. Whisk together walnut oil, vinegar, olive oil, chives, parsley and shallots in large bowl. Add haricots verts, basil, pears and walnuts; toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Top with Parmesan, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories – 211, Fat – 14.8g, Dietary Fiber – 6.8g, Protein – 5.9g, Vitamin A – 13%, Vitamin C – 24%.

**Nutrition information is calculated using an online calorie calculator. Variations may exist. Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

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  1. Katie B. of says:

    I never in a million years would have thought about combining pears and green beans, but this sounds interesting! Will have to give it a try. If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.