Balsamic Green Beans with Caramelized Almonds

Balsamic Green Beans with Caramelized Almonds

Here is a great make-ahead salad for the summer--perfect with grilled meat.

30 min.prep time 3:40total time
8 servings
000 Ratings

Ingredients

Salad

Ice cubes
Water
6 quarts water
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed, broken in half
1 large (1 cup) red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 ounce slice (1 cup) Land O Lakes® Deli Provolone Cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Dressing

1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots or green onions
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Topping

1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tablespoon sugar

Directions

Place 3 cups ice cubes in large bowl; fill with cold water. Set aside.

Heat 6 quarts water in 8-quart saucepan until water comes to a full boil: add green beans. Continue cooking 3-4 minutes or until beans turn bright green and are crisply tender. Do not over cook. Drain.

Immediately place green beans into ice water; let stand until cool. Drain well; pat dry. Place into large bowl; add bell pepper and cheese. Set aside.

Combine all dressing ingredients in container with tight-fitting lid; shake until well mixed. Pour over bean mixture. Cover; refrigerate, stirring every hour, for at least 3 hours.

Place almonds, butter and sugar in 8-inch nonstick skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until almonds are golden and caramelized. Immediately remove from heat; spread onto waxed paper to cool.

Place green bean mixture into serving bowl; sprinkle with almonds.

Recipe Tip

Make sure you don’t overcook green beans or they will lose their bright green color and become limp.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 240

Fat: 16g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 650mg

Carbohydrates: 19g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 8g

Recipe #15209©2012Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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