Green Beans with Mayo-Soy Sauce ♥

Green Beans with Mayo-Soy Sauce, so simple, so tasty @ Low Carb, just Weight Watchers PointsPlus 1.
graphic button small size size 10 Such a simple, tasty way to "dress" green beans in a quick toss of mayonnaise, soy sauce and if you like, hot sauce. The same sauce works with other vegetables too! graphic button small size size 10

~recipe & photo updated 2015~
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2007: At coffee with a new friend the other day, the conversation leaned to books and recipes. (Yoohoo, a new reading friend! Yay, a new foodie friend!) Marie shared a colleague's recipe from some 25 years ago. It's so simple, it's not even a "recipe" – just beans tossed in a sauce of mayonnaise and soy sauce. But I've made it twice now and it's amazing that something this easy can be this good. Would the same mayo-soy sauce work with steamed broccoli? cooked cabbage? Brussels sprouts? cauliflower? I think so. And frozen vegetables? For sure!

2015: I use this simple little sauce so often, one vegetable after another – that said, it remains a particular favorite for green beans, quick, cheap, approachable. These days, I usually add a touch of hot sauce too, it adds a nice edge! For summer, I even serve the beans chilled!

"... even better on asparagus." ~ Anonymous


Hands-on time: 7 minutes (with fresh beans)
Time to table: 30 minutes
Serves 4

Salted water
1 pound fresh green beans
1 tablespoon low-fat or regular mayonnaise
Splash of soy sauce
Few drops hot sauce, optional

Bring 4 cups water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt to a boil in a covered pot. While it comes to a boil, wash the beans well, snap off the stem ends and remove the strings if the beans seem a little "stringy".

Once it boils, add the cleaned beans, cover and cook for 7 minutes or until the beans reach the desired amount of doneness.

TO SERVE HOT Drain and return to the hot pan. Separately, stir together the mayonnaise, soy sauce and hot sauce. (I actually do prefer the mixture/texture better when mixed first OFF the beans but really, save a dish, it's fine either way.) Toss beans with mayonnaise-soy mixture. Serve and enjoy! If you use just a tablespoon of mayonnaise, the sauce will soak right into the beans, visually you'll hardly know it's there.

TO SERVE COLD (as pictured) Drain and plunge beans into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Remove and drain well. (If you're in a rush to continue, arrange the beans on a double layer of paper towels, cover with a double layer and gently pat dry, letting the paper towels soak up the excess liquid.) Toss the dried beans with the mayonnaise-soy mixture and chill before serving. Even with just a tablespoon of mayonnaise, the sauce will be visible since it's applied to cold beans.

graphic button small size size 10 HOW MUCH MAYO? The first time, I whipped up enough sauce for it to be clearly visible on the beans. To my taste, this is good but "too much". Since then, I use only a tablespoon of low-fat or regular mayonnaise, which, split four ways, means that a serving yields zero Weight Watchers points, making this recipe a happy addition to the collection of A Veggie Venture's zero point vegetable recipes (Old Points) in addition to the collection of low-carb vegetable recipes.

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  1. That's so little mayo for a pound of green beans -- I'm guessing the heat of the beans "melts" the mayo and helps it spread? What a great idea.

  2. I love the thought of combining mayonnaise and soy sauce--it's one of those 'Now why haven't I ever thought of that?' ideas. I picked nearly a pound of lovely little beans in the garden last night, but they're earmarked for the freezer since they're always appreciated more in winter. But I'm so intrigured by this un-recipe I may just have to change my plans!

  3. That's how I grew up eating boiled veggies! (I'm from Japan, btw)
    Anything from potatoes to okra.. I think Japanese mayo has more vinegar in it though, so I like adding a bit of rice vinegar or even lemon juice! For boiled potatoes and corn, butter + soy sauce goes very well, too!

  4. I just made a big batch of green beans last night! I'll have to give the sauce a try, it sounds great. I've made a wasabi mayo dip before, but I hadn't thought about combining it with the beans.

  5. Incredible. I just cooked a huge mess of green beans, given to us by a cousin. I used a bunch in some 4 bean salad that Gorn loves. I use this idea for a bunch of them with dinner tonight!

  6. Don't you just love meeting new friends that appeal to more than one side of you :)

  7. The mayo-soy sauce is even better on asparagus.

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