Balsamic Green Beans with Vinaigrette Glaze

This Balsamic Green Beans recipe is an easy side dish with only a few ingredients. Green Beans with balsamic vinegar is a simple, delicious recipe featuring tender green beans smothered in a balsamic glaze.

A plate holds balsamic green beans with a fork and napkin beside it.

I’m always in search of the best side dish for our family dinners and my current favorite is this Balsamic Green Beans!

I’m obsessed.

I can’t stop thinking about green beans. Isn’t that great! I mean, we’re all looking for more healthy green vegetable recipes!

Canned Vs. Fresh Green Beans

My whole life I only ate the kind of green bean and that came from a can. And I was quite fine with that, thank you very much.

Sure, I saw the long, stemmy looking bagged ones sold in the produce section. But I was a dedicated canned bean green kind of girl. Yes, it’s true that I grew up in smalltown USA, but I swear I’d never seen green beans sold in a bag when I was growing up.

Maybe it’s some sort of repressed memory.

But there’s something I have to tell you. I finally broke down and bought the fresh variety. Here I was with some fresh green beans in my cloth grocery bag. I have to admit, it felt kind of cool. I was urbane. Swanky even. Me and my fresh green beans walking out the store and heading for the car.

The problem was, I didn’t know exactly what to do with them once I got home. So, I ate them raw. They’re tasty in their natural state. I chopped them up and put them in salads. Not too bad.

A photograph of raw green beans on an old wood table top.

But then one day I decided to steam them. Well, that’s when the first spark of obsession began. Cooking fresh green beans is the only way to go. I’m a convert and I think you can be too!

How to Make Balsamic Green Beans

The first step in this green dish is to steamed the green beans. Of course, you could bake (roasted green beans are amazing) them or even sauté them in a skillet, but for the purpose of this recipe, let’s stick with the steamed green beans.

Preparing Green Beans

To prepare green beans, wash them first and then cut off the stem ends. I like to line them up on a cutting board with stem ends together and chop off several ends at once. Alternatively, you can use kitchen scissors to do this task.

Steamed Green Beans

To steam green beans, use the steamer basket insert and place it in a saucepan, filled with water just below the steamer basket. Bring the water to a boil and then add prepared green beans. Place the lid on the steamer and steam until tender, around 6 – 10 minutes, depending on your preference for tenderness.

Freshly steamed green beans on  a plate with balsamic glaze drizzled over the top.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

To make the Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing, combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Then drizzle over the top of the freshly steamed green beans. Eureka!

Balsamic glazed green beans may be the best side dish ever! Of course, everyone loves the Vegan Green Bean Casserole, but if you’re looking for a much simpler version, this is it!

Variations on a Theme

Another thing I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. Here are some of my favorite ways to adapt balsamic green beans:

  • Add mushrooms to the steamer basket to make balsamic green beans and mushrooms.
  • Cook the green beans in a skillet with some vegetable oil. Once they’re tender, remove from the skillet and transfer to a serving dish and top with the vinaigrette to make sautéed green beans with balsamic vinegar.
  • Add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts to the finished dish to make green beans with walnuts. Not only does this add a little crunch, it also adds great nutrition, because walnuts are healthy!
Balsamic glaze is in a white bowl with a spoon and napkin beside it.

Low Carb Keto Green Beans

To make this into a low carb keto green beans recipe, simply leave out the agave nectar, or use a teaspoon of stevia or non-calorie sweetener in its place.

Tasty Vegan Side Dishes

Looking for some tasty vegan side dishes for your next big meal? Be sure and give this a try:

A spoon pours a vinaigrette glaze over steamed green beans.

A couple of minutes of steaming time and glaze preparation and voilà! That mound of green beans is transformed to a visual, edible and obsessible feast, otherwise known as green beans with balsamic glaze! I know, “obsessible” is not technically a word, but it works.

Marly pours a vinaigrette glaze over steamed green beans for a delicious vegetable side dish.

Green Beans with Balsamic Vinaigrette Glaze

Start with fresh green beans, steam them, and then create the most delicious glaze to transform your dinners into something very special!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 66kcal
Author: Marly


  • 1 pound fresh green beans , washed and the stem end removed
  • 1 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 1 pinch of sea salt


  • Use the steamer basket insert and place it in a saucepan, filled with water just below the steamer basket. Bring water to a boil and then add prepared green beans. Place lid on steamer and steam until tender, around 6 – 8 minutes.
  • In the meantime, get out a small bowl and combine the mayo, balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, and sea salt. Stir and set aside.
  • Use tongs to remove green beans from steamer basket to a lidded container. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and then use tongs to toss the sauce throughout.
  • Serve warm. Store in a lidded container in the fridge for up to 3 – 5 days.

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Nutrition Facts
Green Beans with Balsamic Vinaigrette Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 239mg7%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 785IU16%
Vitamin C 13.9mg17%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

That’s it. My favorite obsession of the moment. Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll find something new to fixate on soon!

4 Responses to Balsamic Green Beans with Vinaigrette Glaze

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAggie Reply

    This looks so delicious Marly. I enjoyed a nice bowl of steamed green beans the other day as a salad with tomatoes and goat cheese, I ended up just splashing some balsamic and evoo on it, but this glaze looks so much better!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPaula- bell'alimento Reply

    I love anything with balsamic. (Marly LOVE that last shot! Great capture!) xoxo

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGena Reply

    Simple and classic, Marly! Love it.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Gena. So glad you liked it. Now I’m gonna go drool over the yummy recipes on your site. [sigh]

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