Looking for the perfect side dish? These Moroccan balsamic green beans combine that crunchy bite with a garlic herb sauce full of flavor.

A bowl of Moroccan balsamic green beans.

An easy side dish you actually want to eat

If you’ve read or watched Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, you get why this dish works so well.

The salty garlic and herbs pair magically with the acidity from the balsamic vinegar and fat from the olive oil.

This combination of herbs and vinegar makes a sauce resembling a balsamic vinegar that honestly coats just about anything deliciously.

I’ve used this flavor profile to toss grilled zucchini, eggplant, and asparagus. With these simple but flavorful ingredients, the sky’s the limit!

A glug of balsamic vinegar going into a pan of green beans.

15 minute bonus points

Any recipe that comes together in 30 minute or less gets major bonus points in my book. These Moroccan balsamic green beans take only 15.

The green beans get a quick boiling water bath (also known as blanching) before getting tossed with the garlic, herbs, balsamic vinegar and seasoning.

It all comes together with a few quick flicks of the wrist.

A frying pan of Moroccan balsamic green beans.

Side dish success

Looking for an entree to pair with these Moroccan balsamic green beans? Look no futher:

A bowl of Moroccan balsamic green beans.
A bowl of steak bites and balsamic green beans.

Happy cooking!

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A bowl of Moroccan balsamic green beans.

Moroccan Balsamic Green Beans

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 34 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Blanched
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp parsley, minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, minced

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. While waiting for the water to boil, mince up the garlic and herbs.
  2. In a separate pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat and add in the herbs and garlic. Once the water begins to boil, toss in your green beans for 1 minute. Strain the green beans and toss them into the pan with the olive oil and herbs. 
  3. Toss the green beans with the drizzle of balsamic vinegar and serve!