Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions Recipe

A quick sauté of yellow wax beans, golden almonds and pepitas, topped with threads of tiny micro scallions.

Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions

We're getting ready to make a quick trip to Los Angeles for the wedding of a friend. The plan is to hit the highway well before sunrise, and make it to the city of angels in time for a late lunch. In the meantime, I've been scrambling to use as many of the treasures I've been discovering at the market, so they don't go to waste. In my kitchen now: micro scallions, purple sage flowers, fresh coriander, savory, huge allium (leek) pom-poms, celery flowers, and epic gladiola blooms. And stone fruit. And runner beans. I've traveled many places, but this assortment of treasures is why cooking in San Francisco is still exciting for me. Every week I discover something new, and part of the fun is figuring out how to work ingredients I'm not particularly familiar with into my day-to-day cooking. It's also part of the reason I never seriously entertain the idea of leaving San Francisco for any permanent length of time. I made this quick sauté of yellow wax beans, golden almonds and pepitas, topped with threads of tiny micro scallions. They're wispy, bright green threads punctuated with a pin-prick black heads - strong, fragrant, and nutritious. Not a big deal if you can't find them, a swap of minced chives or green onions is fine. It's nice, substantial summery side that you can have on the table in no time.

Yellow Wax beans with Micro ScallionsYellow Wax beans with Micro Scallions
Yellow Wax beans with Micro Scallions

I'm on the homestretch with a new favorites list, and will try to pull together by the end of the week. xo -h

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Yellow Wax Beans & Scallions

3/4 pound yellow wax beans
2 tablespoons clarified butter
1/4 cup 1 oz / 35 g sliced almonds
1/4 cup / 1 oz / 35 g pepitas
fine grain sea salt
a handful of micro scallions (or minced scallions)
generous sprinkling of za'atar (or fresh herbs)
1/2 ripe avocado, thinly sliced

Trim the ends from the beans, and slice into 1-inch pieces.

Heat the clarified butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the almonds and pepitas along with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until golden. Add the beans, toss to coat, cover and cook for a couple of minutes, just long enough for the beans to get a bit tender. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the micro scallions (or fresh herbs), a generous amount of za'atar, and arrange the avocado to the side.

Serves 4.

Prep time: 5 minutes - Cook time: 5 minutes

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I'm very envious of the beautiful bread in the photo. Just got back from Paris and still suffering from Poillane withdrawal.

HS: Wayne bakes a couple times a week - so we're lucky to have a good in-house supply!

susan patton

i love seeing the photo from the table! an unusual shot for you to include but so lovely. that dressing in the mortar + pestle--SWOON!

Did you get everything at the farmers market??

Ah, LA. Please visit the farmers market and tell me all about the many kinds of avocado we will never see on the East coast!

Avocado makes everything better! Thank you for sharing this wonderful-looking recipe.

Such a oinderful salad! Thank you for using ghee here, I find most people are confused about this fat but I love it!

Have fun in LA! Hope I can find micro scallions somewhere. They sound great!

Hi! How do you use the allium pom-poms in cooking? My father has a couple of them in his garden but i had no idea they were edible.

HS: Hi Carolina, not all are edible, if they're from leeks, garlic, chives, the flowers are edible.

Such a lovely summer idea, full of brightness and freshness.

Pennyroyal contains compounds that cause liver failure - it is not edible... It's a member of the mint family, but is not to be eaten.

thanks Laura! I didn't/don't eat the pennyroyal, I keep it on the counter in a vase for its scent :) Although, I'm going to scratch it from my list, so people don't think I use it chopped over pasta or something.


San Francisco is indeed, one of the most amazing food cities (and for other reasons too!) in the world. I can see why you'd never want to leave! And those beans look so healthy, fresh, and just perfect!

It's so exciting to see fresh, seasonal recipes like this one. As our garden is growing and blossoms are turning into vegetables, I find myself looking for new and fresh ideas such as this! Great post, thank you for sharing.

Have you been to Spice Ace in Lower Pac Heights yet? I also love rare ingredients and they really have a wonderful selection. Found out about them via Chowhound. It's where I finally found the barberries I need to cook some of my bookmarked recipes in Jerusalem.

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