Charred Green Beans with Lemon Verbena Pesto

Charred Green Beans with Lemon Verbena Pesto


Fire up the grill for fresh veggies.


  • 1 ½ pounds slender green beans
  • 2 tsps olive oil (for green beans)
  • 1 cup fresh lemon verbena leaves (substitute fresh lemon balm leaves)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup pine nuts or English walnuts
  • ½ cup olive oil (for pesto)
  • Fine kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Prepare a hot fire in your grill.
  2. Toss the beans with olive oil and place in a perforated grill basket or wok set on a baking sheet.
  3. For the Lemon Verbena Pesto, combine the lemon verbena, garlic, cheese, and nuts in a food processor and pulse to puree. Slowly add the olive oil with the processor running until the mixture thickens and emulsifies, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The pesto will keep in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days, or it may be frozen for up to 3 months.
  4. Place the grill wok or basket directly over the fire and stir-grill, tossing the beans with wooden paddles or grill spatulas until crisp-tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the grilled beans to a large bowl and toss with about 1⁄4 cup of the Lemon Verbena Pesto or to taste.