8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)

Bits of crispy bacon, almonds, and balsamic vinegar can dress up steamed green beans and make them appealing even to the veggie-averse. Or try the same method with any of your favorite veggies from cabbage to peas to corn.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Drain well; set aside.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a small skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet. Crumble; set aside. Add shallots to bacon fat in skillet; sauté 1 minute. Add almonds; sauté 1 minute. Remove and let cool. Add sugar and vinegar; stir until sugar dissolves. Add crumbled bacon.

Step 3

Pour vinaigrette over beans, tossing gently to coat.

Ratings & Reviews

KLStorck's Review

September 03, 2012
Absolutely loved! Easy and quick w/ bold flavor...delicious!

Katdean's Review

November 12, 2012
This is my fav green bean recipe! I make for all holidays and special occasions. I steam the green beans in my steamer for 15 to 20 min and then prepare the sauce as indicated and dump on top of the beans.

LutzCat's Review

March 03, 2011
Had high expectations but don't think this recipe measured up. I found this too sweet (but that could just be a personal preference), and the white balsamic vinegar turned the green beans brownish, not too appealing to the eye. My husband liked it, so that's why it's getting 3 stars. If I were to make again, I'd cut the brown sugar in half.

SurfCityGma's Review

April 14, 2011

CookingNerd's Review

June 24, 2014
This was wonderful, very quick and easy and it tasted great. I substituted maple balsamic and cut back on the amount of brown sugar.

ramona22's Review

November 23, 2011
Quick, simple, and delicious. What more could you want?

Booie13's Review

October 24, 2012
This is my go-to green bean recipe. I have made it numerous times and it never fails. Fast and easy, but absolutely delicious!! Toasted pine nuts are a great substitute for the almonds if that's what you have on-hand. My guess is hazelnuts would be really good too. My boyfriend tells me that if I made this with every meal, he'd be a happy man :-) Definitely a great choice for both green bean lovers and those that you'd like to convert.

JoshyStevenson's Review

February 03, 2010
Good recipe that my entire family enjoyed...even my 3 year old.

Emz101's Review

May 01, 2013
I quite enjoyed this, I would have given it 5 stars but a couple tweaks were needed. I found 1/4.C Vinegar was way to strong a flavor, and 2 Tbs. would have been plenty. As well I used 3 strips of bacon. I used slivered almonds which I found just gave it texture more then crunch which I prefer. This makes boring green beans much more interesting.

AdeliaWeissman's Review

June 22, 2010
This recipe is outstanding. It has all of my favorite ingredients: bacon, balsamic vinegar. My three year old son also loved it because it was a good mixture of sweet and salt. I am thinking of not only doing this for green beans, but also making the dressing for salads and other vegetables. This is a great side dish for any meal and is sure to impress others and guests. I got the most compliments on this dish and they were pleasantly surprised because I don't normally cook and usually order out for all of my parties. This time, I decided to cook everything myself, and this by far was the biggest hit!