Wilted Green Bean Salad

Wilted Green Bean Salad

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013

“Killed,” or wilted, lettuce is a traditional Southern salad in which tender greens are tossed in a dressing of hot bacon grease and tart vinegar, salt and pepper, garnished with crisp pieces of bacon and raw spring green onion. Here we do something deliciously similar with lightly steamed tender new green beans to create this irresistibly delicious healthy green bean salad recipe.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 pound thin green beans or haricots verts, trimmed
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste


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  1. Bring about 3 inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add green beans and return to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a vigorous simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Pour out all but about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan.
  3. Drain the beans and transfer to a bowl. Add scallions and toss. Pour on vinegar and toss to coat. Pour the reserved bacon fat over the beans, add the bacon and toss. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about ⅔ cup
  • Per serving: 77 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 28 mcg folate; 8 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 571 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 37 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 191 mg sodium; 157 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, ½ fat

Reviews 2

August 13, 2013
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By: Robinwood
Yum! Loved that 1 T of bacon fat can give such super flavor and still be healthy. its one of my favorite things about recipes in Eating Well. Nice change and use of green beans and easy. Husband also loved it and he's a picky eater.
July 31, 2013
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By: lauren.a.rivera
YUM! I absolutely LOVE this bean salad. One night, my husband and I literally ate the whole thing for dinner. It was great. It is so simple and you don't feel too bad since you can put in as much or as little bacon. I share this recipe with everyone. Pros: So simple and delish!
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