This Kaw-Cajun 4-bean salad is an incredible take on a traditional bean salad. Chez John (of Fat Johnny’s Front Porch fame) gave me this recipe a few years ago. It has become a favorite of ours. It’s not the beans that set this salad apart from the rest, it’s the dressing. Who would’ve thought that tomato soup in a bean salad would be so good that you’d just want to drink the liquid all day?
This recipe makes a pretty good sized batch, but you’ll want to double or triple it for a big family get-together. And be sure to make it a day ahead, because the beans get even happier after an all-night soak in the dressing.
I love a good bean salad. But, this isn’t a good bean salad… it’s an amazing bean salad. The pickle sauce is so tasty, a combination of sweet and vinegar. I could probably just sit down and drink a glass of it by itself. The sauce is what makes this 4-bean salad something special.
If I’d leave out the peppadew peppers this would be an above-average salad, and I’d be happy to take it to any family picnic or get-together. But, with the peppadew peppers it becomes something that everyone will talk about. They bring just the right amount of heat. They’re my new most-favorite thing. Perfect on hamburgers, hot dogs, in salads, on sandwiches, you name it.