I love my mom’s bean salad recipe. I’ve been eating since I was a kid, even though I probably considered it a ‘weird’ food then. It’s simple but very good. I’ve found that it’s even better when it has been chilled until super-duper cold. After I make it I let it set in the fridge overnight before diving in. Well, ok, I have a few spoonfuls first, but then I put it into the fridge.
You can use pretty much any beans you want, and you can skip the fresh carrots and use canned or frozen if you wish. Or substitute fresh beans for the canned and have a fantastic summertime salad. It’s ok if you change my mom’s bean salad. I won’t tell her.
One thing is guaranteed. Put a bean salad in front of me, and it’s going to disappear. For me, it doesn’t get any better or easier. The perfect contrast in textures and flavors. A little sweet. A little tang. There are hundreds of variations on bean salad, and I am pretty sure I’ve made and enjoyed them all. This tangy bean salad is no exception. Made in no time, but better after it gets happy in the fridge for a few hours first.
Like with any good ole bean salad you can change this tangy bean salad up to suit your tastes. I little slices fresh jalapeno is great if you like a little kick. Roasted red bell pepper instead of green bell pepper is also a nice change.
There are hundreds of variations on bean salad, and I am pretty sure I’ve made and enjoyed them all. This tangy bean salad is no exception. Made in no time, but better after it gets happy in the fridge for a few hours first.
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.