Homemade Five Bean Salad
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Homemade five bean salad is a classic side dish that's perfect for summer picnics and barbecues. A combination of five different colorful beans tossed with a tangy oil and apple cider vinegar dressing. Fresh, slightly sweet, tangy, healthy and flavorful.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8-10
  • 10-12 ounces fresh green beans
  • 1 (15oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 (15oz) can golden wax beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 medium shallot, diced small
  • ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, minced
  • Dressing
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper, more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons stone ground Dijon mustard ( or regular Dijon)
  1. Snap the green beans into about 1-1½" pieces.
  2. Set a large pot of water on the stove over high heat.
  3. When water comes to a vigorous boil, pour in 1 teaspoon of salt and add the green beans. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes at most, pulling off the heat as soon as the green beans are crisp-tender.
  4. While the beans are cooking, fill a large bowl about halfway with water and then fill with ice.
  5. Quickly drain the green beans and transfer to the bowl of ice water. Allow the green beans to soak in ice water bath for a few minutes. Transfer green beans to a colander and drain well.
  6. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Cover tightly and shake for 30 seconds.
  7. Combine all the beans, celery, parsley, and onion in a large mixing bowl. Add dressing and toss to combine. Sprinkle salad with remaining parsley and toss again.
  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container with a lid and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to overnight. Toss the beans a few times during the marinating process to make sure all the ingredients get a good soak in the dressing.
  9. When ready to serve, taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
If you prefer a sweeter salad add an additional tablespoon or so of sugar. We love it just like it is.
Recipe by Don't Sweat The Recipe at http://dontsweattherecipe.com/homemade-five-bean-salad/