Ginger Apple Green Beans

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From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Cool Foods for A Hot Summer‘.

Green beans have the highest antioxidant value of the bean family. They contain quercetin and kaemferol, two very potent antioxidants that are now being researched as a complementary treatment for Parkinson’s disease to stop the death of the dopamine-creating cells and potentially slow the progression of the disease. When I made this recipe for my in-laws, my mother-in-law said, “Eating with you is like dining in a restaurant.” The sweet apple, spicy ginger, and fragrant thyme all combine into a quick and easy delicious summer dish.
(Makes 6 servings.)


  • 4 cups green beans, tips cut off
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh thyme, stem removed
  • Dressing:
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, grated

1) Steam beans five minutes until crisp tender. Drain.

2) Place all ingredients into bowl and toss with dressing until well coated.

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