These green beans with almonds are the perfect side dish to any meal.
Healthy, crunchy, and flavorful this recipe is packed full of.
One of my favorite vegetables are green beans. I have loved them for as long as I can remember. My grandfather used to grow green beans in his garden and we would spend some hours snapping the ends off of the green beans, preparing to freeze them.
There’s nothing better than fresh green beans. According to my husband canned green beans are the way to go. So we don’t see eye to eye when it comes to green beans. He likes his green beans softer and I like mine more crunchy.
Whoever thought of pairing nuts with vegetables was a genius. There is something about that crunch that adds so much to the flavor of the veggies.
For this recipe I like to cook the green beans on the stove top first for five minutes. A quick five minute boil and then drain the water and cool with cold water. For best results dry the green beans with paper towels to try and soak up as much water as possible.
In a mixing bowl mix together all your ingredients. Next lay out your green beans on a baking sheet. Make sure to get all of the almonds out of the mixing bowl.
Bake for 15 minutes at 325 degrees. If you desire a little more crunch cook for only 10 minutes. These are perfect to any main course you are serving as a side dish.
Balsamic Green Beans with Almonds
- 1 lb whole fresh green beans
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves minced garlic 1/2 TBSP
- 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 TSP salt
- 1/4 TSP pepper
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Fill a large pot half way with water and bring to a boil
- Add green beans to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes
- Strain boiling water and run cold water over green beans, blot green beans with paper towels
- Add green beans, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, sliced almonds and salt and pepper to a large bowl and stir
- Take a large baking pan and pour the green bean mixture on it and spread out in an even later
- Cook for 20 minutes and serve
- If you don’t like snapping the ends off of green beans, places like Walmart sale bags of green beans already washed and snapped. So that will save you about 10 minutes of snapping
- I prefer fresh minced garlic rather than pre minced jarred garlic. I use my garlic press to easily mince my garlic.
- If you are wanting really crunchy almonds, do not add them to the green bean mixture. Just pour them on top of the green beans in the oven 5 minutes before done cooking.