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Balsamic Green Beans with Caramelized Almonds

Balsamic Green Beans with Caramelized Almonds

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30 min
Prep Time
03 hrs 40 min
Total Time



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


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


1/2 cup slivered almonds

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

1 tablespoon sugar

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 6

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

Tip #1

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

Nutrition (1 serving)

240 Calories
16 Fat (g)
20 Cholesterol (mg)
650 Sodium (mg)
19 Carbohydrates (g)
3 Dietary Fiber
8 Protein (g)
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