Sweet & Sour Green Beans

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.

From EatingWell: November/December 2012
Yield: 12 servings, 2/3 cup each
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 20


  1. 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  2. 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 ice cube
  5. 1 cup thinly sliced shallots
  6. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  7. 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: 71 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 99 mg sodium; 146 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

1 Carbohydrate Serving

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