#EatWellLiveWell: Balsamic Glazed Green Bean Salad
Did you know the green bean is not actually a bean? In terms of nutrition, green beans are picked before they have matured, unlike typical beans. In fact, green beans are more closely related to pod vegetables such as snap peas and okra. With April being National Lawn and Garden Month, the Balsamic Glazed Green Bean Salad focuses on the great nutritional benefits of green beans, a vegetable you can easily grow in your own garden!
Green bean health benefits range from reducing your risk of cancer to providing women with the nutrients they need for a healthy pregnancy. Green beans are a great source of iron and folate, both of which are vital for fertility and a healthy pregnancy. The folate is not only important to healthy pregnancies but could also reduce your risk of developing depression. Chlorophyll, found in green plants like green beans, blocks carcinogenic effects caused by eating grilled or charred food and meat. If you enjoy grilling out this summer, add this delicious green bean side dish to the menu!
Recipe: Balsamic Glazed Green Bean Salad
- 1 pound green beans
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 4 fresh Italian plum tomatoes, such as Roma
- ¼ cup roughly chopped, stuffed, green olives
- 6 fresh basil leaves finely sliced
- 2 green onions sliced into ¼ inch pieces
- ¼ teaspoon arrowroot
- ½ teaspoon water
- ¼ cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
- Place green beans in a vegetable steamer and sprinkle with salt (optional), black pepper, and allspice. Steam for 5 minutes.
- Combine tomatoes, olives, basil, and onions in a large bowl.
- For the glaze, combine the arrowroot and water to make a slurry. Pour the vinegar into a small saucepan and add the slurry. Stir over medium heat until thickened and clear.
- Add the steamed beans to the bowl and toss in the vinegar glaze.
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