Green Beans with Smokey Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe -
Green Beans with Smokey Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Green Beans with Smokey Bacon Vinaigrette

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"Sweet bacon vinaigrette lovingly caressing green beans. Discovered this combination during Thanksgiving dinner when a bottle of bacon vinaigrette was dropped onto my plate. The result was delicious. I like to add a bit of Cheddar. Bacon, green beans, and Cheddar just goes really well together for me."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Make an ice bath by filling a large pot with ice and water; set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the green beans in the boiling water until slightly tender yet crisp, about 3 minutes; drain. Immediately plunge the green beans into the ice bath to stop them from cooking further. Drain and set aside.
  3. Cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the onions to the bacon and continue cooking until the onions begin to caramelize and turn golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the green beans, red wine vinegar, and sugar; cook and stir until the sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 08, 2011

I used shallots rather than onions and loved them caramelized. As recommended by another reviewer, I used apple cider vinegar rather than the red wine vinegar and preferred that exchange. The small amount of sugar and vinegar was not enough to produce the sweet-sour tang I sort of expected and I was glad it didn't. It was, however, enough to contribute great flavor. As for the bacon, it's hard to go wrong adding it to just about anything.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 29, 2010

this was ok, but I didn't care for the extra tangy tastew with the vinegar. I would cut back on that. However, I can tell you I did cut back on the bacon grease and that might have affected it.


16 Ratings

May 17, 2010

This dish is wonderful Frank and certainly no secret as it's a very typical side that German and Austrian families have been making for years. So glad you discovered it tho because it really is amazing. I went for the big guns and used a whole pound of bacon and apple cider vinegar instead of the red. Family "yummed" their way all thru dinner and told me that it tasted just like my German potato salad except with green beans! Thank so much Frank!

Sep 16, 2011

This is a delightful twist to boring ole' green beans. I used turkey bacon and sliced sweet Maui onions and actually love these carmelized! Another reviewer, Linda Mclean, suggested apple cider vinegar in place of red wine vinegar and so I used that instead. Loved the subtle sweet-n-sour tang, and it's not overpowering, which is good for all of us! Everyone here loves bacon so you can't go wrong with that in this or any other dish! Thank you for sharing Frank!

Mar 22, 2011

cooked everything together. came out great. kids liked it.

Dec 10, 2010

Made this with fresh yellow beans from my local farmers market. It was wonderful.

Nov 30, 2013

Wonderful! I nailed it the second time around. Vinegar had just a little bite and beans were perfect! Amazing complement to my grilled bacon-wrapped Elk Backstrap Filet Mignon! I urge people to follow the instructions, as I was too busy with my grilled salmon the first time I made this and it was not as good as last night's batch. When the bacon STARTS to brown, add the onions. I had hard, unappealing bacon the first time because I let it finish like I would for breakfast, then had all the extra cooking time on top of that. To those who have seen fit to complain about the vinegar taste, please pay attention to the name of the dish, then note the word vinegar a second time in the ingredients. Then, don't make this dish and that should save you much heartburn about the flavor you will achieve with this side.

Apr 02, 2012

I just wasn't that impressed with this dish. I love the combination of ingredients and followed the recipe exactly but something was missing for me, not enough flavor. Sorry. I drained off the bacon grease, was I supposed to do that? Maybe that is why it just lacked flavor for me. I will try this again as I have had all of these ingredients in the past but for some reason this just wasn't flavorful enough for me.


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  • Calories
  • 186 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 5.7 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 245 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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