This balsamic green beans recipe is an easy side dish with only a few ingredients. It’s a simple, healthy, and delicious recipe featuring tender green beans drizzled with a balsamic glaze.
Balsamic 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 way to serve green beans, this is it.
Imagine seamed green beans with balsamic vinegar glaze drizzled over the top. It’s my go-to favorite healthy side dish!
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Green beans are steamed until just tender, creating the best flavor and color
- A balsamic glaze is lightly sweetened, adding tang and creaminess to every bite
- Chopped walnuts add a bit of crunch and nutritional benefit, too.
What Green Beans are Best?
Choose fresh green beans with a bright green color (not yellow or brown). They should snap easily when bent. You can substitute frozen green beans which are usually picked and frozen at peak ripeness. Frozen vegetables can be better than fresh, especially when fresh green beans are out of season. Source
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Green beans — You can use fresh green beans or even frozen ones, which are the next best things to fresh.
- Vegan mayo — Any vegan mayo will do. I usually find this at health food stores or in the health food section of many grocery stores.
- Balsamic vinegar
- Agave nectar — You can substitute maple syrup.
- Salt — We’ll add just a pinch of salt to the finished dish.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 5 days.
Preparing Fresh Green Beans
To prepare green beans:
- Place them in a colander and run water over them to clean off any debris.
- Cut off the stem ends, by lining them up on a cutting board with stem ends together and chop off several ends at once.
- You may want to chop the green beans into smaller pieces, based on your recipe.
- You can also add mushrooms to the steamer basket.
- 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.
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
I love a good side dish like these balsamic glazed green beans or even balsamic glazed carrots. So good! If you’re looking for some more tasty vegan side dishes for your next big meal, give these a try:
I hope you love these balsamic green beans as much as we do!
Green Beans with Balsamic Vinegar
- 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
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 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 to 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 the steamer basket to a lidded container. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and then use tongs to toss the sauce throughout. Add chopped walnuts over the top.
- Serve warm. Store in a lidded container in the fridge for up to 3 to 5 days.
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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.
This post was originally published in 2012 and was updated with new photos, text, and an updated recipe in 2021.