Sweet & Sour Green Beans

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Sweet & Sour Green Beans

This slightly sweet, slightly sour green bean recipe takes just a few minutes to make and is great served at room temperature. Make it ahead and let the green beans bathe in the dressing, soaking up flavor.

Yield: 12 servings, 2/3 cup each
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 20


  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ice cube
  • 1 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Fit a large pot with a steamer basket, add 1 to 2 inches water and bring to a boil. Add green beans, cover and steam until tender-crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in ice cube until it dissolves. Whisk in shallots, oil and salt.
  3. Transfer the green beans to a large bowl, pour the dressing over them and toss to coat.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate beans (Step 1) for up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature while you prepare the dressing (Step 2).


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 71
fat 3 g (0 g sat, 1 g mono)
cholesterol 0 mg
carbohydrates 12 g
protein 2 g
fiber 2 g
sodium 99 mg
potassium 146 mg

Nutrition Bonus

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

From EatingWell November/December 2012