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My Great Grandmother’s Italian String Beans

Copywright Nourishment Connection 2012
Course: Side Dish
Author: Angela Marinelli – Nourishment Connection


  • 3 lbs green beans washed and cleaned
  • 6 tbsp high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Make the Marinade

  • Mix the olive oil, vinegar, grated garlic, and mint in a sealable jar.
  • Shake well and let sit for at least 8 hours, overnight is best.

Cook the Beans

  • Steam or boil the string beans until tender.
  • Drain well. Let dry. If I have excess water on them, I pat them dry with towels, or set them under a ceiling fan.

Add Marinade

  • Once beans are room temperature and dry, add the marinade and salt. Mix well.
  • Let beans sit with marinade for a couple hours before serving. Mix and taste. Adjust seasoning to your taste. I often find I need a pinch more salt, but it depends on the beans and your taste.