Bacon and a simple dressing turn plain green beans into a warm, flavorful side dish that the family will love! If there are any leftovers, this reheats perfectly the next day. Warm Green Bean & Bacon Salad is a versatile, easy salad that is amazing cold, too! Chill it overnight to serve in the summer months or pack it up for lunchtime salad.
Green beans are one of our favorite vegetables! I love that they’re such a flexible veggie – they’re great hot, cold and there are so many different ways to make them. Warm green bean & bacon salad is so easy and gets completely devoured at my house. Honestly, doesn’t a little bit of bacon just make anything pretty awesome? 🙂
The easy dressing is a just the right blend of sweet and sour, and the special ingredient is using the bacon drippings. It adds another layer of flavor that just makes these green beans so good! The beans lose some of their bright, green color but trust me, you won’t even notice because you’ll be too busy eating them up.
Keep this recipe for the summer months, too, because this salad is just as delicious cold! Double or even triple this recipe if making for crowd. I love to have a big bowl of this as my lunch, though I don’t get to do that nearly as often as I like because I never seem to make enough to last until the next day!
Love green beans? Try our very favorite quick and delicious Caesar Green Beans, which is also a giant hit with the kids! When gorgeous tomatoes are in season, crisp fresh Green Bean & Tomato Salad is a great weeknight side dish!
Which vegetable does your family love? Do you find that you make it often?
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you are staying warm!
- 1 ½ pound fresh green beans, washed and ends trimmed
- 6 slices of bacon, fried until crisp and crumbled
- Reserved bacon drippings
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- ⅓ cup vinegar
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Cook green beans in large pot of boiling water until crisp-tender, about 8-10 minutes; drain.
- While green beans are cooking, combine vinegar, sugar, salt & pepper in small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Fry bacon in a large skillet – an electric skillet works perfectly – until crisp. Reserve bacon drippings.
- Cool bacon on paper-towel lined plate; crumble bacon into a small bowl. Reserve small amount for garnish.
- Add diced onion to bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat. Stir & cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add green beans to skillet; pour dressing over beans and stir.
- Reduce heat; add crumbled bacon, stir gently and simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Serve and top with a sprinkle of reserved crumbled bacon.
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