Over Labor Day weekend we took the kids to the beach with some of my family. Now I typically pack snacks of the cracker variety for such outings so I was surprised when my Aunt Patricia pulled out a giant freezer bag full of marinated green beans from her cooler. I wasn’t surprised for long however because not only were they beyond delicious but the perfect snack for a hot day on the water.
Of course when I got home I had to whip up a batch myself and I am so excited to share the recipe with you!
One of the most important things to get right in this recipe is to not overcook the green beans. They really only need to be in boiling water for 3-4 minutes max and it is crucial to submerge them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process immediately. If you do this, they’ll have a fantastic crispness that will make for truly great, healthy snacking. They also make a fantastic side dish and go great with rice and salmon. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
Asian Green Bean Salad
- 2 lb green beans, washed
- 3/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, crushed (I use ginger paste)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rolling boil. Add in green beans and cook at a full boil for 3-4 minuntes until bright green and still crisp.
- While the green beans are boiling, prepare an ice bath in a large bowl by filling it with ice and cold water.
- After the green beans are done cooking, drain and immediately submerge in the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Once cool to the touch, drain again and set aside in a large bowl.
- In a medium bowl whisk together all remaining ingredients until well combined.
- Pour marinade over the green beans and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving. If desired, you can store in a large freezer bag or tupperware.
- *Note* This is a great recipe to make ahead. Store the green bean salad in the fridge and it will stay good for 2-3 days. The flavor will continue to develop the longer they marinate.