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.


"Vinegar, the son of wine." -Italian Proverb

The refrigerator light goes on...

Legumes! Green beans.

When I was growing up these were only available in the late Summer, and I was one of those weird kids who liked them. It may actually be that I just didn't like the canned green beans. Fresh ones felt like such a relief and since then I have been on the lookout for great recipes to use them in.

This is one of my favorites and was a recipe that I used to serve in the Summer in my restaurant. There's a great balance between the flowery walnut flavor, the sweet green beans and the sour vinaigrette. The best part is that it is two points on your Med Diet Score – one for the legumes and one for the great quality oil.


Green Beans in Walnut 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 Walnut Vinaigrette recipe from Dr. Gourmet


  • 1 small shallot (finely minced)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. pure walnut extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans (trimmed at ends)
  • 4 quarts ice water

Combine the shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, walnut extract, salt, and honey in a mixing bowl.

Add the oil while whisking to blend completely.

Chill completely, whisking 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 the green beans 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 105mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
    Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 3% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 50mcg Potassium 300mg