Mixing It Up With Balsamic Vinegar

While I am a big fan of simple steamed vegetables, there are times when it pays to mix things up a bit.

Every once in a while I will go through my pantry, spice drawer, fridge or freezer, take stock of the contents and then look for recipes that I can make with what I have. Several years ago, I happened to have two full bottles of balsamic vinegar and went on the recipe hunt to look for a number of recipes where I could showcase this great ingredient. This was one of the keepers.

This is such a simple dish but really adds a great flavor to green beans.

Looks and tastes great.

I used thin green beans and as I didn’t have shallots on hand, used a little onion in its place.

Saute the onions.

Add the vinegar.

Balsamic-Glazed Green Beans

Prep Time: 2 minutes |  Cook Time: 6 minutes  | Servings: 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup) | Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 (12-ounce) package trimmed green beans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots (about 2)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Microwave green beans according to package directions.

2. While beans cook, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Add beans, tossing to coat.

Source: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=50400000104930

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Categories: kosher, Low Carb, Recipes, Side Dish, vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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25 Comments on “Mixing It Up With Balsamic Vinegar”

  1. June 15, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    This sounds awesome! Can’t wait to try it out.


  2. xcountrypearl
    June 15, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I LOVE green beans and this sounds like an awesome recipe. Thank you.


  3. June 15, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Sounds delicious. I love balsamic vinegar! I’m sure you will have tried it with strawberries! 🙂


  4. June 15, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Ooh I happen to have some fresh string beans that I was going to cook tomorrow. I’m definitely trying this!


  5. June 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Sounds like a winner. My wife is a huge fan of green beans. I bet this would hit it out of the park. Thanks for sharing!


  6. livingforjackie
    June 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    I have tried balsamic vinegar with green beans before (fresh) and they are great! This is a simple way of making a dish even better! 🙂


  7. cosmicgarden
    June 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Yum! This sounds like it would be delicious with spinach or other greens as well.


  8. Tammy
    June 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Simple and sounds de-lish….adding to my Father’s Day menu 😉 thanks!


  9. Sam @ Fit for my Fork
    June 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I love balsamic vinegar, and it’s so nice added to vegetables. Great when they are roasted too!


  10. neuralgear
    June 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    I really like your recipes! Simple is good for those of us still trying to find our way around a kitchen. My wife is an _excellent_ cook, so reading your blog is not only fun, but it helps me not feel too intimidated if I want to cook too!
    Stay Awesome,
    -« N•G »-


  11. June 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Sounds like a great recipe. Someone in my house is on the South Beach Diet. This would be perfect for him.


  12. Renee Spindle
    June 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Yum yum. I’m trying this one over the weekend.


  13. June 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Love it sounds delish!


  14. twisterfish
    June 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Will make these this weekend!


  15. June 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Looks scrumptious. Definitely going to try this one out!


  16. June 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Sounds great! I love balsamic!


  17. June 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    This sounds awesome, and you have to love the cook time! I am also generally more of a fan of steamed veggies, although my love of balsamic may override that.


  18. June 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Now you’re talkin’!


  19. June 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    This is SO needed! I keep getting TONS of green beans from our organic CSA and have run out of ideas! Thanks 🙂


  20. June 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    We had fresh beans from the garden today. I had run out of ways to cook them. This was a great treat, thanks!


  21. June 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    I totally agree with you about mixing things up! I find it refreshing to do so–it keeps me from getting bored with food too!


  22. June 16, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Love this dish!! I make a version of it at least once a month (sometimes add mushrooms or tempeh). It always looks disgusting in my lunch bag, but always elicits “yums” from my coworkers as its smell wafts through the halls upon heating!


  23. June 17, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Delicious! I love balsamic vinegar!


  24. June 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Super easy! And I have some vinegar on hand myself. Maybe it’s time for me to shake things up a bit…


  25. The Chaos Realm
    December 30, 2014 at 11:43 am #



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