Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Trim ends from green beans. Slip all of beans into water. Boil, uncovered, just until tender-crisp, from 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir juice with thyme and salt. As soon as beans are cooked and drained, heat oil in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Add hot drained beans to oil in pan. Pour lemon juice mixture overtop. Stir until evenly coated, 2 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds, if using, toss and serve. Or arrange beans on a platter and sprinkle with almonds. Terrific with roast chicken, lamb, beef or salmon.
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Brighten up spring beans with a tangy, warm lemon dressing.