My Favorite Bean Salad Recipe
14.5 oz can Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans
14.5 oz can Del Monte Cut Golden Wax beans
14.5 oz can dark red kidney beans
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped
1 jar (unflavored) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
sliced cherry or grape tomatoes (however many you want)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
Kosher salt and pepper
Drain all of the beans well. Combine all ingredients and season with as much salt and pepper as you personally prefer. I’ve listed Kosher Salt in the ingredients, but sea salt or any salt will do nicely. I simply have an obsession with Kosher salt, that’s all!
If you like your bean salad a little less sweet, feel free to use less sugar when you make your’s. I, admittedly, have quite the sweet tooth and may, or may not, typically use more than the 1/2 I own up to above.
Also, feel free to replace the sliced artichoke hearts with celery or bell peppers – whatever floats your boat.
Like all recipes, making them your own is where the fun’s at, so sub in, sub out, or use as is!
Allow your bean salad to “marinate” in the refrigerator, preferably, for a few hours before serving. It’s actually even better if you can allow the flavors to blend overnight – but it isn’t necessary.
I was recently sent a bunch of cans of Del Monte Vegetables to test out in recipes and I’m over the moon. Del Monte was a favorite brand before they were so cool and generous to me, and now they’re even MORE of a favorite.
While the “traditional” favorites – whole kernel corn, green beans (all varieties), mixed vegetables, beets, etc… – are always in my pantry, I’ve fallen hard for a few new Del Monte canned foods. Have you seen their Southwest Corn with Poblano & Red Peppers or their French Style Green Beans with Roasted Garlic yet?
The corn is perfect for Taco Night and it adds a lot of personality to tossed salads, too (just drain and pop right into the salad bowl). The French Style Green Beans with Roasted Garlic is a must with mashed potatoes and I can’t wait to try it out in a green bean casserole recipe bouncing around in my head.
Check your store for these and other new Del Monte foods (click the link to see a few others – I haven’t tried them yet, but they look promising!).