A Wonderfully Glorious Bean Salad

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From the title of this post, you may think I am overselling this recipe a bit–after all, just how glorious can a bean salad be?

Well this is one good and well-used recipe passed along by my sister-in-law, Brenda probably 30+ years ago (cannot believe I am old enough to remember back that far). It soon became mine to make for all the family gatherings as: 1. it did not have to be cooked; 2. there was no cooking involved; 3. no burner or oven had to be turned on to make it (are you noting a trend here?)

I have not made it for a few years, and it was resurrected in my memory bank the other day when my sister Peggy asked me for it, as she was making some salads to take to the cottage with her and she could not find hers. So a big thanks to Peg for reminding me of this “politically correct” salad, which not only tastes good, but is darn good for you. (Unlike my ode to bologna sandwiches yesterday).

Bean Salad

You will need:

19 oz tins of green beans, wax beans, kidney beans, lima beans and chick peas

I onion sliced thin

1 green pepper chopped (or red as it has lots of good stuff in it–but I am not going to go all nutritional on you)

Marinate several hours in:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup salad oil (today I might use olive oil)

1/2 cup wine vinegar

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. parsley

pepper (I love when no amount is given–it feels so creative)

1 tbsp. seasoned salt

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp. tarragon and basil or Italian spices

This is seriously good and easy–and even though it has more than my five ingredient criteria–there is no cooking involved which makes up for the length of the ingredient list.


My idea of bliss is rediscovering a recipe I have not used in a long time. Do you have one you have forgotten?

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  1. Lovely recipe, LouAnn. Thanks for sharing. I especially like the no cooking part. šŸ™‚

  2. Had some last night…..delicious.

    • thanks for reminding me–how is the painting going?

      • Finished the main room….onto the bathroom today.

  3. Ooohhh, I’d forgotten about this one! I’ll give it a try today. Thanks for the reminder, LouAnn! xoxoM

  4. This sounds good and easy so it goes into my recipe file….Diane

  5. I love bean salad but haven’t made it for a long time. I think I’ll put my husband on it! He makes a wonderful cucumber, onion, sour cream dish that I like, and if I tell him I want this, he’ll get right on it. šŸ˜‰

    • now that is a good husband! your cucumber salad sounds delicious!

      • There are recipes online. Sugar and vinegar in the cucumbers, too. Sooo good and refreshing in summer.

  6. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My mother made great bean salad, but I don’t think that she ever wrote her recipe down. I’m looking forward to trying this one soon.

  7. Love beans…but wary of bean salads….

  8. I can’t wait to try this. I love bean salad!

    I am staying at my grandmother’s house right now, and have found so many recipes I remember from my childhood to try out (although I’m sure they won’t be as good as when she made them).

    • no, but they will bring back memories– grandma’s just have a way of making things special

  9. LouAnn, that bean salad recipe looks very familiar. Maybe because your “sister-in-law” happens to be my sister. Great blog and articles in KReporter. I’ll keep reading for my daily laughs and inspiration.

    • I thought that was you — welcome–glad to have you in the blogworld Beth!
      After I put the recipe in a post I went out and bought all the beans and have the salad in my fridge as we speak–I had almost forgotten how much I loved it.
      It was Brenda’s recipe originally but because I never liked to cook much, it became mine to bring to the family get-togethers.

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