Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"A splash of red wine vinegar can pull things together like a pinch of salt." -Alex Guarnaschelli

The refrigerator light goes on...

The first time I had harissa a friend brought me a tube from Tunisia. I was hooked from the first moment. There are the fantastic aromatic North African flavors followed on by heat. The spiciness of harissa is not overwhelming – just enough to evoke the feeling of the exotic. I still use the same brand: DEA. On the label it says "Hot Sauce" in three different languages and inside the tube it is more Sauce Piquante than a mere hot sauce.

The great thing about harissa is that it goes with almost anything either cooked in a sauce or fresh as with this Harissa Vinaigrette. I find that it works especially well with cold items like these chilled green beans. The cool, sweet beans are the perfect complement to the tart, spicy harissa vinaigrette.


Green Beans in Harissa Vinaigrette

Servings: 6 | Serving size: 4 ounces green beans

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied. This recipe keeps well but the beans will turn gray-green in the refrigerator.

Green Beans in Harissa Vinaigrette recipe from Dr. Gourmet


  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. harissa
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans (trimmed at ends)
  • 4 quarts ice water

Combine the vinegar, olive oil, 2 tablespoons water, harissa, honey, and salt in a mixing bowl.

Place in the refrigerator to chill. Whisk occasionally.

Place the water in a medium stock pot and set a steamer basket inside the pot.

Place the pot on the range over high heat.

When the water begins to boil reduce the heat to medium and steam the green beans until they turn bright green and are slightly tender.

This will take about 10 minutes.

Remove them from the heat and place in the ice water for about 10 minutes.

Remove and shake dry and then add to the cold vinaigrette.

Toss for about 2 minutes until coated well.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ounces green beans

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 90 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 6%
    Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 210mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 3% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 40mcg Potassium 200mg