Old Fashioned Bean Salad

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This Old Fashioned Bean Salad has been a family staple for years.  4 kinds of beans and a hint of white onion all dressed in a sweet tangy vinaigrette dressing.  This is the perfect make ahead side salad for any get together or BBQ!

Old fashioned bean salad in a bowl.


How to Make Old Fashioned Bean Salad

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I truly have the most amazing Mother-In-Law, I don’t think I could’ve hand-picked a better one myself. Sometimes when my mother-in-law comes for a big turkey dinner, I send her home with leftovers in containers.   Last week I was so excited to see that she had brought back my containers but not because I needed containers.

You see, when she returns my containers, she returns them full of food too!  Sometimes my favorite bran muffins (and my kids totally love them too), sometimes her amazing baked beans (I NEEEED to share that with you guys soon) and sometimes another surprise.

Close up photo of bean salad with a wooden spoon

I think you already know where this is going, this week I got a container of bean salad. It’s one of my favorites but something I never personally make, I have no idea why.  I’d been sneaking spoonfuls out of the fridge all day long when I finally phoned her and asked for the recipe! She originally found this recipe in an old cookbook called “Women in Uniform” and it’s a great version of a classic bean salad.

Close up photo of bean salad

This uses a mixture of canned green and yellow beans along with lima beans and red kidney beans.  Really, any kind of beans would be great in this recipe so feel free to change them up based on what you have on hand (or whatever kind of beans you like).

When purchasing onion for this recipe, you’ll want to use the white onions with the white papery skin (not the yellow skin) as they’re milder and add great flavor to this recipe!

If you don’t have celery seed, it’s worth getting some, it makes a big difference in this recipe (I also use celery seed in my favorite cole slaw recipe).  You can usually buy it in the bulk spices area so you can just buy a little bit at a time.  Note that celery seed is not the same as celery salt.

This Old Fashioned Bean Salad has been a family staple for years. 4 kinds of beans and a hint of white onion all dressed in a sweet tangy vinaigrette dressing. This is the perfect make ahead side salad for any get together or BBQ!
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5 from 1 vote
Servings: 12 servings
Bean Salad
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
8 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bean salad

This Old Fashioned Bean Salad has been a family staple for years. 4 kinds of beans and a hint of white onion all dressed in a sweet tangy vinaigrette dressing.

Ingredients
  • 14 oz can green beans
  • 14 oz can yellow beans
  • 14 oz can red kidney beans
  • 14 oz can lima beans
  • 1/2 cup green pepper thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup white onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup celery chopped
DRESSING
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
Instructions
  1. Drain all of the beans well. Combine beans, green pepper, celery and onion in a bowl.
  2. Heat all dressing ingredients in a small saucepan until sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot.
  3. Pour the hot dressing mixture over the beans and toss to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
Recipe Notes

Mix or stir the beans occasionally as they are setting in the fridge to distribute flavors.

Nutrition Information

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This Old Fashioned Bean Salad has been a family staple for years. 4 kinds of beans and a hint of white onion all dressed in a sweet vinaigrette dressing. This is the perfect make ahead side salad for any get together or BBQ!

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

5 comments on “Old Fashioned Bean Salad”

  1. I’m thinking I would like to use fresh beans in the salad.  Should I just blanch them or?

  2. Love bean salad and cowboy caveat..as well as others…thank you very much!!!

  3. I am not a fan of lima beans, so I substituted a can of garbanzo beans. Very good recipe, one I’ll keep.

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