Green Beans with Balsamic Onions and Almonds

Green Beans with Balsamic Onions and Almonds

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 124.6
  • Total Fat: 7.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.8 mg
  • Sodium: 9.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 13.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g

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Introduction

Crunchy almonds and sweet caramelized onions dress up your favorite green beans. A drizzle of balsamic adds a tangy contrast. Crunchy almonds and sweet caramelized onions dress up your favorite green beans. A drizzle of balsamic adds a tangy contrast.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 tablespoon butter or heart-healthy margarine
    1 teaspoon olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 large white onion
    4 cups frozen green beans
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds


Tips

Alternate serving suggestion: Simmer the balsamic in a small saucepan until it has reduced by half. If you drag the spoon through the pan and the line remains, it's ready. Drizzle over the green beans just before serving, as we did in the photo.


Directions

Cut the root and tip off the onion, slice it in half and remove the outer layers. Slice into half-moons.
Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is foamy, add the onions.
While the onions are cooking, heat the green beans according to package directions.
Add the pepper to the onions and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often, until the onions are golden brown.
Add the balsamic to the pan and stir well to combine. Cook another five minutes, until the balsamic has reduced by half.
Add the green beans to the pan and toss to combine.
Remove from heat and sprinkle on the almonds.
Serve immediately.

. (3/4 cup per serving)


Created by SparkRecipes.com editor Stepfanie Romine for
Photos by Whitmeyer Photography


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  • 20 of 21 people found this review helpful
    Frozen green beans have no "unnecessary ingredients." They are simply beans that are frozen. Fresh beans are not always better nutritionally unless they are picked and used immediately. One never knows how long ago grocery store beans have been sitting around. - 11/4/14

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I made this but reduced to one serving because I just had a few fresh green beans. Sauteed the fresh beans along with the onion. Oh my this was delicious! I sliced the almonds finely and mixed them in after cooking. I may try this with other veggies too, so good. - 2/4/13

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
    WHAT A CHANGE FROM THE TRADITIONAL GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE. SO SIMPLE BUT SO DELICIOUS! - 2/4/13

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  • 11 of 58 people found this review helpful
    Using fresh ingredients instead of frozen will ensure that it is a healthier alternative. The frozen veggies will have unnecessary ingredients; which is not what this site is all about. Not rated as I have not tried this version - frozen or fresh. - 2/4/13

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  • 9 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Loved this but most of the time I use fresh....a nicer crunch - 2/4/13

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is a very good recipe. I used fresh green beans and cooked them with the onion. I also added some garlic. - 9/11/13

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I have been making this for years. I add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic to the oil, then toast the almonds, then I carmalize the onions. After all of that I use 2 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar and I tablespoon of red Wine vinegar scraping all of the litle cooked bits off of the bottom of the pan. - 11/4/14

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Made this for guests and all raved. Fresh green beans is fine but it was lovely with the frozen. Frozen veggies include no unnecessary ingredients. Wish people wouldn't comment on recipes they haven't tried... - 11/18/13

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I did mine fresh and I made it for 2.We really liked adding rice vinegar it is not very sharp just TASTY. I did use the micro wave for everything and we enjoyed it with POACHED FISH. Pat in Maine. - 3/28/13

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Delicious ! great compliment to Grilled Salmon - 2/4/13

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Excellent recipe, it's just what I needed to make my green beans taste delicious. - 2/4/13

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I suggest toasting the slivered almonds in either the butter or olive oil. Also, salt them when they are cooking. This method really adds flavor. Glenn - 11/28/13

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is similar to my go-to green bean recipe. I use fresh green beans with the ends trimmed, then steam them in the microwave to desired doneness. Then I take a wok or skillet and saute/carmelize onions. Throw in the green beans, drizzle with balsamic, and stir fry until balsamic reduces. - 11/7/13

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  • Very Good
    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I have a very similar recipe, but use fresh beans. - 2/4/13

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! - 2/2/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    A little mushroom and a little more onion, not much more though. Fresh works for me too! - 4/29/14

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used fresh beans and fresh garlic and my family loved it!
    - 11/21/13

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  • I tried with and without the vinegar because I'm not much into the flavor of vinegar. I liked it better without but that is just me. Also adding that JIMINYC is right and I_AM_EEVIE is wrong about frozen veggies. Check the package as can get them without any added ingredients. - 12/9/19

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  • Incredible!
    Yum - 12/9/19

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  • Very Good
    I tried the alternate suggestion in the Tip section and added toasted cumin seeds and half a tsp of cumin powder.....yum! Definitely a keeper - 11/4/19

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  • I never met a green bean I liked. They are so gross! Doesn't matter how they are prepared., - 11/4/19

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  • Incredible!
    This was delicious - yummy - 11/4/19

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  • Frozen veggies are just as good as fresh. There are no additives in the frozen veggies. - 11/4/19

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  • Very Good
    Ok - 11/4/19

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  • I have added this to my cookbook and will tryst it this week - 11/4/19

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  • Good twist on this dish - 11/4/19

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  • I have lots of green beans and this sounds great so I saved the recipe to try. I will rate when I do. - 8/12/19

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  • Very Good
    Thanks for sharing - 1/17/19

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  • Delicious and healthy! - 12/30/18

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  • Very Good
    tasty - 12/30/18

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  • Turned out great! Thanks. - 12/22/18

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  • Great way to make green beans no frozen vegetables in Bangladesh - 11/14/18

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  • Watch the fat - 11/10/18

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  • Very Good
    yum - 11/10/18

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  • Love the casserole!! Done without the almonds and very tasty. Thank you. - 11/4/18

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  • Incredible!
    THis was really good, I liked it and the family did also, and I am not too fond of green beans. - 11/4/18

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  • Good
    Not as good as my grandmothers but were good - 11/4/18

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  • Very Good
    Very good. A great alternative to the traditional. - 11/4/18

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  • Incredible!
    This recipe is delicious - 11/4/18

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  • Very Good
    Very good. Frozen green beans are great, healthier than fresh! Don’t post reviews that are nonsense, from 2013! - 11/4/18

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  • Incredible!
    I love this recipe! We top our with fresh lemon zest - 11/4/18

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  • great veggie dish - 10/1/18

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  • Good to have. If needed you can find no salt added canned beans as well. - 9/30/18

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  • Incredible!
    healthy and good - 9/21/18

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  • I should make this for my husband. - 3/16/18

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  • yummy - 3/13/18

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  • nice - 2/26/18

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  • For me, nothing will make a green bean casserole interesting or appealing. - 2/19/18

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  • This was so delicious!!! - 2/19/18

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  • Looks so tasty - 2/13/18

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  • Incredible!
    I made this and cooked the green beans and onions together with the oil and balsamic vinegar. It tasted great this way as well. I left off the nuts and sprinkled Parmesan cheese and put in the oven o and broiled for 5 minutes. It was great with the cheese. Next time I will try it with cheddar - 2/13/18

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  • O.K.
    I didn't care for this at all. - 2/10/18

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  • Very Good
    This going on my holiday table! - 12/16/17

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  • Since frozen green beans have the same nutritional value as fresh, this is great! - 11/29/17

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  • Incredible!
    love these - 11/14/17

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  • Incredible!
    I wasn’t too keen on the balsamic vinegar reduction. I tried it but what I loved was the combination of the green beans, onions and almonds! It was wonderful! - 11/14/17

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  • Great recipe for green beans. - 11/9/17

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  • A tradition on our holiday table - 11/5/17

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  • Very Good
    USE THIS RECIPE IN CATERED DINNERS A LOT. GREAT SIDE. - 11/5/17

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  • Incredible!
    Used all fresh ingredients. It was really good. - 11/5/17

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  • Incredible!
    Good recipe loved the taste. - 11/4/17

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  • yummy - 11/4/17

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  • NICE - 11/4/17

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  • Incredible!
    OMG, this was so good! - 11/4/17

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  • Good

    family like these..
    fresh are always better, from your own garden
    - 11/4/17

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  • Very Good
    Doesn't taste quite as good as grandmas but it will do. - 11/4/17

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  • yummy - 11/4/17

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  • worth a try - 11/4/17

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  • Incredible!
    Love This green beans recipe Especially forThanksgiving and Christmas! Yummy! - 11/4/17

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  • Incredible!
    This green beans recipe is my go to for Christmas and Thanksgiving! Delicious!! - 11/4/17

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  • Incredible!
    delicious! family loves them. - 11/4/17

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  • Incredible!
    I used fresh green beans because I am not fond of the frozen ones. Sautéed them with the onion. I loved this!! - 11/4/17

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  • fresh is the way to go - 11/4/17

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  • This was so good. I used green beans that I grew and have frozen myself. - 11/4/17

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  • Sounds good - 11/4/17

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  • Interesting flavor combinations - 11/4/17

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  • Frozen green beans have a rubbery taste to me, so I use fresh beans, blanch and shock. I doubt there is a nutritional difference, but they sure taste better. - 11/4/17

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  • Incredible!
    Very delicious, tweaked mine up a little more - 11/4/17

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  • Great way to dress up green beans. - 11/4/17

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  • Can’t wait to ale!! - 11/4/17

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  • just in time :) - 11/4/17

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  • Incredible!
    DELICIOUS - 11/4/17

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  • I like green bean with almonds not sure about the onion. - 11/4/17

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  • Great - 9/27/17

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  • Looks wonderful! - 9/8/17

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  • Nice. - 9/6/17

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  • A great way to enjoy green beans - 9/6/17

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  • Incredible!
    We had these green beans last night and they were amazing! I used Apple Cider Vinegar rather than Balsamic because my husband doesn't like Balsamic but the flavor was just wonderful. I will definitely make these again! - 8/27/17

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  • Incredible!
    There are no quick fixes, but there's magic in moderation.

    Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
    but sometimes your smile
    can be the source of your joy.
    - Thich Nhat Hanh
    - 4/16/17

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  • Nice - 3/19/17

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  • Incredible!
    This was really good. I used fresh instead of frozen beans, as my mom is not a fan of green beans, but will eat fresh ones over frozen. - 1/4/17

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  • Very Good
    I toasted the almonds and used fresh green beans, my family loved this recipe! - 11/4/15

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I HAVEN'T TRIED THIS YET BUT I ALWAYS FIND FROZEN GREEN BEANS TO BE RUBBERY. IS THERE A WAY TO COOK THEM THAT THEY AREN'T RUBBERY? I WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS RECIPE. MAYBE I WILL USE MY HOME CANNED BEANS. IT REALLY SOUNDS GOOD.PHYL32 - 11/4/14

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    No one liked the almonds here... good thing I didn't add them. Otherwise it was tasty. - 11/4/14

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! - 11/28/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Going to make this for dinner. But without the almonds. - 11/7/13

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like a great, gluten-free alternative to green bean casserole for Thanksgiving that will be simple to make and doesn't require use of the oven! Will have to give this a try. - 11/6/13

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This sounds great for either fresh or frozen green beans (I buy frozen with no added ingredients as a staple for my freezer) and am now planning to add this as a side for Thanksgiving this year. I love reduced balsamic vinegar as a flavoring! - 11/6/13

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  • Very Good
    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I know the point of this is product placement, but I hate that in recipes. I just used fresh haricots verts, followed the instructions otherwise (though I reduced the butter substantially and skipped the oil), and it turned out very good. - 2/12/13

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  • Very Good
    Used the beans fresh forzen from my garden, we enjoyed it. Will serve again. - 2/11/13

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