Skinny Green Beans, Caesar-Style

Watch boring, steamed green beans come alive when made like a Caesar salad. It’s my new favorite way to enjoy them these days. Unlike a salad, this dish is so good served warmed. Each serving has 82 calories and 3 grams of fat.
Skinny Green Beans, Caesar-Style

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 4 servings. Each serving, about ¾ cup each

Food Fact

Green beans are un-ripe or immature pods obtained from the bean plant belonging to common fabaceae family. They’re referred to as “common beans,” probably because they all derived from a common bean ancestor that originated in Peru.

Healthy Benefit
Green beans are a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and plant derived micronutrients. They’re a rich source of dietary fiber and contain excellent levels of vitamin A.

Shopping Tip

Most supermarkets carry Girard’s Light Caesar Dressing, Cardini’s Light Caesar or Caesar Vinaigrette or Ken’s Steak House Lite Caesar dressing.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 
Weight Watchers
 (old points) 1
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about ¾ cup each)
82 calories, 3g fat, 1g sat. fat, 3mg chol, 4g prot, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 121mg sodium, 1g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
69 calories, 1g sat. fat, 1g sugar, 3g protein


Skinny Green Beans, Caesar-Style

Skinny Green Beans, Caesar-Style

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 82 kcal


Ingredients for Green Beans:

  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 2 cups water

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 1 slice multi-grain or whole wheat bread, I used Milton’s Original Healthy Multi-Grain bread
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-fat butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • tablespoons Girards Light Caesar Dressing or Cardini’s, see shopping tip
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded


  • In a medium saucepan, add beans and cover with water. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 8-10 minutes, until tender crisp.
  • Drain green beans and set aside. Keep warm.
  • To makes crumb topping: Toast bread and spread with butter. Sprinkle top with garlic powder. Zap in microwave for 10 seconds. Place in blender and grind into crumbs.
  • Add the warm green beans to a serving plate. Drizzle dressing over top. Sprinkle the crumbs and then Parmesan cheese all over the beans.
  • Serve warm. If prepping the beans and everything in advance, just reheat the beans in the microwave before adding the dressing and crumb topping.


Serving: 0.75cupCalories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 121mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gPlus Points: 2
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