Recipes Side Dishes Vegetables Green Beans with Mint Vinaigrette and Pickled Onion
Green Beans with Mint Vinaigrette and Pickled Onion

Green Beans with Mint Vinaigrette and Pickled Onion

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 Serves 8 to 10.
Chuck Williams says that green beans are an excellent choice for Thanksgiving as young, fresh beans are available during autumn.


  • 1 Tbs. salt, plus more, to taste
  • 3 lb. green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine or cider vinegar
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and cut crosswise
      into 1/8-inch-thick slices
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • 2 Tbs. Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 5 Tbs. olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


Bring a large saucepan two-thirds full of water to a boil over high heat. Add the 1 Tbs. salt and the green beans, and cook until the beans are bright green and tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and immerse the beans in a bowl of ice water to cool, then drain and set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the white wine vinegar, onion, sugar and salt, to taste. Bring to a boil, separating the onion slices into rings, and cook until slightly tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, mustard, mint and Champagne vinegar. Gradually whisk in 4 Tbs. of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and set the vinaigrette aside.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil and add the beans. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until they are warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the onions, discarding the vinegar mixture, and add the onions to the beans. Cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes more. Add the vinaigrette and toss well to coat. Transfer to a warmed serving dish.
Serves 8 to 10.
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