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Loubia bi zeit

10 mins

Serves 4



This is the perfect salad to eat in the garden when the sun is out. I came across this recipe in Cyprus, but it originates in Lebanon. If you want something healthy and packed full of flavour, this is the choice for you.

Loubia bi zeit


  • 750g (1 lb) green beans

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 4-5 Tbsp olive oil

  • 2 Tbsp tomato puree

  • Salt and pepper


  • Top and tail the string beans and cut into 2 or 3 pieces

  • Fry the onion and garlic over a medium-low heat for five minutes or until just beginning to colour

  • Add the beans to the pan and fry for two minutes, stirring continuously

  • Add water to the pan until it just covers the mixture

  • Simmer until tender and add the tomato puree. Mix well and simmer until the beans are tender and the liquid has reduced

  • Serve