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.
I’m always in search of the best side dish for our family dinners and my current favorite is this Balsamic Green Beans!
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.
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.
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!
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:
- This Cauliflower Gratin is easy to make gluten-free and a very tasty side dish
- A good Vegan Green Bean Casserole is a must for your holiday dinner
- Everyone loves Vegan Mashed Potatoes especially with some Vegan Gravy on top
- This Vegan Broccoli Salad is delicious
- Of course, you’ll want to serve this Vegan 7 Layer Salad!
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.
Green Beans with Balsamic Vinaigrette Glaze
- 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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That’s it. My favorite obsession of the moment. Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll find something new to fixate on soon!