Green Beans with Charred Onions

A simply delicious veggie dish of fresh blanched green beans and charred cipollini onions with a slightly crisp texture, tossed in a sweet dressing of orange juice balanced with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Yum!


  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons salt. Add the beans and blanch until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and cool under cold running water; drain well.
  2. Halve the onions lengthwise and trim off the ends. Cut lengthwise into ½-inch-wide slices.
  3. Heat a dry 12-inch sauté pan over medium high heat until very hot. Add the onions and sauté until charred in spots but still crunchy, 4 to 6 minutes. During the last minute or so, add the beans, stirring and tossing to warm them through. Transfer the beans and onions to a large bowl.
  4. Whisk the balsamic vinegar, orange juice, and oil together in a small bowl. Pour over the beans and onions, tossing to coat. Let stand for at least 10 minutes, or up to 1 hour, before serving.
  5. Sprinkle the beans with a little salt and serve.

Green Beans with Charred Onions

Recipe Credit

Original recipe from: “Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking” and shared by