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!

Vinegar-Marinated Green Beans Recipe

How to Cook Vinegar-Marinated Green Beans

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

Prep: 10 mins
Marinate: 5 hrs
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 5 hrs 15 mins


  • lb green beans
  • 1 red onions , small, or sweet onions
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt , ½ to ¾ tsp
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


  1. Cook green beans in boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes until tender but still crisp.

  2. Drain water and immerse the green beans in ice water till cool. Drain again afterward.

  3. Whisk sugar, white vinegar, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pepper, and salt, in a serving bowl. Add onion and green beans and stir together.

  4. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours or overnight and shake it once in a while before serving!

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.


  • Sugar: 10g
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  • Calcium: 53mg
  • Calories: 121kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 278mg
  • Protein: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 11mg
  • Vitamin A: 782IU
  • Vitamin C: 15mg
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Frequently 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.

Marinated Green Beans, Onions, Main Course, Vegetables, Vitamin C, Fiber


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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  • Comment author avatar
    CJB This was a quick and easy fix. Found the marinade to be too acidic with the amount of vinegar. Will add less vinegar and probably honey and mustard the next time I make it. Reply
    • avatar_0 Team Thank you for your feedback, CJB. We’re glad you liked it! Also, that’s a great idea. Another option is to cut the amount of white vinegar by half and to add your choice of sweetener little by little until you achieve your desired taste. Let us know how it goes! Reply