Green Beans with Fig Balsamic Reduction

by Kristin Clara

We eat a lot of vegetables, a lot. In general our plate is ¼ protein and ¾ vegetable and starch. Vegetables can be delicious, but I see them mostly as a blank canvas, just waiting to be experimented with. I like this sweet, tangy dressing for green beans, but it would go well with many vegetables and proteins. This is a simple recipe that comes together quickly while you prepare the rest of your meal.

Green Beans-with-Fig-Balsamic-Reduction
  • Ingredients

    1 pound green beans

    ¾ cup warm water

    ½ cup figs, roughly cut. Dates can be substituted here

    ½ cup balsamic vinegar

    Pinch of salt

    Pecan bits for garnish (optional, but yummy)

  • Directions

    1. Let your figs (or dates) soak in the warm water for about ten minutes

    2. After the figs have soaked, add them and the rest of your ingredients to a blender, and mix…I use a Vitamix.

    3. Pour the contents of your blender into a small pan and bring to a boil and then reduce the temperature to low and let the sauce simmer. Let the sauce simmer and reduce until it becomes thicker…kind of like a chunky maple syrup.

    4. While the sauce reduces, steam your green beans

    5. Dress steamed green beans with the sauce and pecan bits and devour.