Green Beans with Balsamic Vinaigrette Glaze

I’m always in search of the best side dish for our family dinners and my current favorite is this one that features Green Beans with Balsamic Vinaigrette Glaze.

Namely Marly features green beans with a balsamic vinaigrette glaze.

I’m obsessed.

I can’t stop thinking about green beans.

My whole life I only ate the kind 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. It happened about a year ago. 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.

What could be better?

The problem was, I didn’t know exactly what to do with them once I got home.

So I ate them raw.

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

They’re tasty in their natural state. I chopped them up and put them in salads. Not too bad.

But then one day I decided to steam them. It took me a while to get it just right, but once I did? Well, that’s when the first spark of obsession began.

A photograph of freshly steamed green beans.

Then I started experimenting with different glazes. I tried dairy-free margarine with a little bit of sea salt on top. Next came the olive oil with a dash of garlic powder.

That leads me to an important question. Is there anything that doesn’t taste absolutely divine with olive oil and garlic?

Then one day I threw together this Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing which I lightly drizzled over the top of the freshly steamed green beans.

Marly's balsamic vinaigrette dressing sits waiting with a spoon.

And there you have it. Like a baby robin escaping the nest; my obsession was now fully-fledged. There was no going back.

The ease at which a thing goes from thought to reality sort of tips it over the edge from indulgence to obsession.

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

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! I know, “obsessible” is not technically a word, but it works.

Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Green Beans

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
Keyword: Green Beans with Balsamic Glaze
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.

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

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