Sweet & Sour Green Beans

Sweet & Sour Green Beans

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2012

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.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ice cube
  • 1 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt


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  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.
  • 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 information

  • Serving size: ⅔ cup
  • Per serving: 71 calories; 3 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 12 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 28 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 642 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 37 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 99 mg sodium; 146 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1½ vegetable, ½ other carbohydrate, ½ fat

Reviews 1

December 23, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Perfect title. I made this dish for Thanksgiving; it is now a new family favorite. I plan on making it again for Christmas. It was also good served cold. It did not have to be eaten hot. Pros: Easy to prepare. It can be served at room temperature. Cons: None.
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