Vinegar-Marinated Green Beans Recipe

Jump To Recipe Team Team Published: August 13, 2020 Modified: October 21, 2020
Vinegar-Marinated Green Beans Recipe

To those struggling to look for healthy recipes that fit your lifestyle, well, look no further. Our Vinegar-Marinated Green Beans recipe is a bowl of vitamins and minerals that you could eat for days without breaking dietary rules. The crunchy texture is joined with the bold flavors of white and balsamic vinegar. The minced garlic and red onion bring a mouth-watering fragrance to the dish. This green bean recipe is completely meat-free, making this a vegetarian-friendly meal. For our vegan friends out there, since the recipe calls for sugar, it’s perfectly fine to substitute it with any vegan-safe sugar you have lying around. 

Green beans can taste bland when left alone. It tends to inhibit an earthy taste with a chewy texture. This recipe changes that. The secret in cooking green beans is knowing the best combinations. Letting it chill helps the green beans soak up the tangy and savory marinade, eliminating the bitter flavor. The touch of sugar sweetens the dish but not too much that it overpowers the other flavors present. 

If you’re looking for other diet-friendly meals like this, you might want to check our Low-Fat Tomato Salad Recipe. These are great recipes that would immensely help you keep in good shape. So, if you’re ready to start, let’s head right into the kitchen and begin!

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How to Cook Vinegar-Marinated Green Beans

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On the road to a healthy lifestyle, our balsamic vinegar-marinated green beans is a dish you should not pass up!

Prep: 10 mins
Chill Time: 5 hrs
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 5 hrs 15 mins
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  • 1 ½ lbs green beans, trimmed
  • 1 red onion, small, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups white vinegar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Boil the green beans for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender.

  2. Drain the water and immerse the green beans in ice water until cool. Then drain.

  3. In a bowl, throw in your sugar, white and balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper then mix.

  4. Combine your green beans and red onions to the mixture. Make sure the marinade is well-distributed. Then sprinkle garlic over the mixture.

  5. Let the marinade chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours before serving. Bon Appetit!

Recipe Notes

Some people who prepare this dish uses less white sugar or substitute them with honey, muscovado, or brown sugar. Some people who like the sourness of mustard even add this in the recipe.

This marinade tastes perfect with asparagus or any other fresh greens.

You can also add some cooked chickpeas to the green beans or simply enjoy alone them with rice.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I substitute green beans with other kinds of vegetables?

Yes! You can try using this recipe for asparagus, string beans, and white beans. These add a superb crunch to your dish when you don’t have any green beans on hand.

What is balsamic vinegar?

Balsamic vinegar is a deep brown vinegar made from unfermented grape juice. It consists of bold and intense flavors with a tart aftertaste. Authentic balsamic vinegar is usually aged in barrels for years, which can become quite expensive.


This green bean recipe is a nice treat when you are looking for something easy to make or a simple side-dish. You can pair this with pasta or a steaming bowl of rice. These vinegar-marinated green beans are a healthy platter you’d be eating for days end.

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