4.22.2014

Dad's Three Bean Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Dad's favorite salad is the three bean salad! It's made with organic red kidney beans, green beans and great Northern beans, then tossed in an apple-cider vinaigrette making this a very light and sweet tasting salad to serve throughout the season.

As temperatures start to rise and flowers bloom, we are ready to swap out the rich and hearty dishes for the light and fresh ones!

This is one of his favorite salads, and ours too.  Dad loves this bean salad, and it makes him so happy every time we make it for him...it's the little things nowadays that makes him so happy.
This is one of his all-star favorite and ours too!  Dad loves this bean salad, and it makes him so happy every time we make it for him.  It's the little things nowadays that makes him so happy.

This is a salad that requires no fuss and very little time to prepare. It's made in less than 10 minutes.  You only have to steam the green beans before they are combined. Then add them to the canned beans that have been rinsed, and let it marinate with the sweet vinaigrette for awhile. Then serve.  
We love this salad for many reasons.  It's fresh and light, quick and easy to make, very practical, and sensible to bring to any picnic or barbeque. You can easily make this salad all year long.  All the beans are really good for everyone, they offer some protein, while some are very high in fiber.  This is a wonderful salad, as it brings the essence of spring and summer to the table with its colors, texture and taste.  Best of all, it's very healthy.

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We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and Passover!!
We have some joyous news to share, our son has proposed to his beautiful girlfriend!
                         Another wedding is in the planning. We are so excited! 
And, our daughter is expecting our third grandchild sometime in August!
Have a great day everyone! 
                                          
                              

Dad's Three Bean Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans- rinsed, ends removed
  • 1 can (15 ounce) organic Kidney beans- rinsed
  • 1 can( 15 ounce) organic Great Northern beans - rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • dash of cayenne red pepper
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp. minced red onion

Place green beans in a medium pot with one inch of water.  Sprinkle a 1/4 teaspoon of salt over them.  Cover and bring to a low boil.  Simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat.  Drain the water from the pot. Return the green beans to the pot and keep covered.
Set aside to steam for additional 5 minutes.  Taste greens beans, they should be tender to the bite. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients.  Toss gently to combine. Taste, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.  Transfer to a serving bowl.  Chill in the refrigerator for a least 2 hours before serving.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Serves 4 to 6

 
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12 comments:

  1. okay friend! Your son is so handsome and his finance is gorgeous! Congrats on that news:))) Congrats on another grand baby too:)) I love this salad. the vinaigrette sounds just perfect and it reminds me of something i used to eat when i was little as well!

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  2. Congratulations on your son's engagement - she is lovely and he is so handsome! They will be a beautiful couple! Congratulations on another grandchild - what a wonderful, incredible blessing. And the salad would make my husband very happy so I will make it for him. He adores bean salads probably as much as your father. Thanks for sharing your many blessings - so happy for you all!

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    1. Thank you Tricia for your lovely comment!

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  3. This simple salad has always been a favorite of mine as well…especially when fresh green beans are used.

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    1. Hi Karen! we agree! The green beans are a great addition. Thanks for leaving a lovely comment.

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  4. What a lovely salad and so healthy too. As a Southerner, we do love our beans. Congratulations to your son and future daughter-in-law. They make a very handsome couple.
    Sam

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    1. Thank you Sam for your sweet comment.

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