Balsamic Green Beans with Caramelized Almonds

Balsamic Green Beans with Caramelized Almonds
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Here is a great make-ahead salad for the summer--perfect with grilled meat.
30 min
Prep Time
3:40
Total Time
8 servings

Ingredients

Salad

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® 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
Land O Lakes® Butter
1 tablespoon
sugar

Directions

  1. Place 3 cups ice cubes in large bowl; fill with cold water. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Place green bean mixture into serving bowl; sprinkle with almonds.

Recipe Tips

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
Cholesterol
20mg
Carbohydrates
19g
Protein
8g
Fat
16g
Sodium
650mg
Dietary Fiber
3g

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