string beans with silan sauce and sesame seeds string beans with silan sauce and sesame seeds Israeli Kitchen Your veggies deserve a little sweetness. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Silan-glazed string beans

A crisp, lightly sweetened side dish of green beans drizzled with date syrup and toasted sesame seeds.

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes

I’m a big vegetable fan – but I also have an ever-present sweet tooth. And an interest in keeping my food as clean as can be. Enter date syrup as a wonderful natural sweetener that I use on a huge variety of dishes.

In this green bean dish, I cook the beans until they’re almost soft, then drizzle the date syrup and return to the oven to roast that sweetness right into the green beans. Results? Barely make it to the table before they’re all gone.


  • 1 pound string beans, ends trimmed
  • 2-3 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup silan sauce
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Toss green beans with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven, and drizzle silan sauce over beans. Toss to coat.

Return green beans to the oven for another 5-10 minutes, depending on your preference. The longer they cook, the softer they’ll be.

Immediately before serving, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Note: If you like crispy green beans, cut the cooking time to 10 minutes before glazing, 5 minutes afterward.

string beans with silan sauce and sesame seedsSilan sauce is a date-based syrup found in most grocery stores. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Related Topics: Vegetarian

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