I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing.....
Do you remember this one? It was standard picnic fare when I was a child. Every once in a while when I'm asked to bring a salad to feed a crowd, I turn to this old standby. With Mother's old recipe, you can take short cuts and use some canned veggies. And to keep things fresh, you can make nearly the entire thing with lovely crisp vegetables. I personally use canned kidney and garbanzo beans, but use fresh yellow and green beans, quickly steamed. I use frozen limas, but steam briefly and cool them. Sometimes I add a carrot, or radishes...odds and ends of whatever's left in the vegetable bin. You can also add other kinds of beans like black or cannellini beans, but I am posting Mother's original recipe, cans and all; tweak it any way you like. It all depends on how much of a hurry you're in.
Note: This has to be made a day ahead.
Mother's Five Bean Salad
Easily feeds 15 or more depending on portion size.
1 can slender green beans (or fresh, steamed until crisp-tender)
1 can yellow wax beans (or fresh, steamed until crisp-tender)
1 can small lima beans (I use frozen, thawed and steamed briefly)
1 can kidney beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup diced celery
sweet red onion rings to taste
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red pepper
2 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup water
2 cups cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 clove garlic, split, remove before serving
Mix the water, vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Cool.
Place all canned beans in a colander to drain the liquids and then place in large bowl. Add any fresh vegetables you have made, then add celery, onions and green pepper and cauliflower. Mix.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Push the split garlic down in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours, stirring several times.
Five bean salad is the PERFECT picnic recipe! I love beans...the more the merrier.ReplyDelete
wow, that seems like a lot of vinegar! But I'm trusting you, I so want to make this! Thanks!ReplyDelete
A funny game. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to participate. That slad looks very scrumptious!ReplyDelete
Boy Barbara you brought a smile to my face. I really remember the ole 5 bean salad. My mom & her mother use to make this a lot. Really a tried and true staple for a picnic.ReplyDelete
Thanks my friend & hope you weekend ahead has a picnic in store?!!
What a fun idea! I'll have to go read all about it!ReplyDelete
I love this salad, Barbara. It looks so delicious. Plus, I like that it's an odds and ends salad like you said. Anything that will help with not wasting little bits of food is great in my book...ReplyDelete
I'll take a look at the contest over at Louise's too.
I think I'll now have a 5-bean recipe I'll actually use. LOVE the cauliflower in there!ReplyDelete
Great salad. I am checking out the picnice game.ReplyDelete
Wonderful Salad, Barbara! Perfect for our virtual Picnic Game and a "real" picnic too:) So many goodies, I too love the addition of cauliflower and sweet red onions.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for bringing this on the Picnic. I only wish we could really devour it!!!
Sounds like a fun picnic :) I love your five bean salad! Have to give this one a try for sure!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a fun picnic...and no bugs! The salad reminds me of my mom's! It looks so festive and perfect for picnics.ReplyDelete
I was never much of a bean eater, but it looks attractive!ReplyDelete
Barbara, what a lovely combination of beans. The game sounds like great fun.ReplyDelete
I've never had that salad, but I love beans!ReplyDelete
Isn't Louise fun? I just wish it was a real picnic instead of a virtual one!
I love the yellow wax beans in this salad. I don't see them that much in the market.ReplyDelete
This is a classic American salad that I have had at potlucks before; however, I had no idea how to make it and what the dressing was made of; now you have enlightened me!
oh cool game, love this salad my Grandma makes something like thisReplyDelete
hope you find some black chick peas
oh cool game, love this salad my Grandma makes something like thisReplyDelete
hope you find some black chick peas
That game sounds fun! I like the fact that really this salad is a kind of 'leftover' salad cos you can use anything you've got in really. Have a good week Barbara xReplyDelete
what fun picnic game,ReplyDelete
love to see people going around and happy...
i feel cheated! i grew up eating only a three-bean salad, and now you're telling me that i could've been having five? :)ReplyDelete
Barbara, this salad look amazing and yummy!! gloriaReplyDelete
Lovely salad! I don't often make bean salad, but this sounds really good.ReplyDelete
I think our mother's knew one another because she loved to make 3 bean salad for picnics... a fifties thing I think. It was so good with hotdogs... I sometimes put it on top of the dog with the mustard... to my mother's horror... half of it ended up on the ground but it tasted great!!! Thanks for the memory!!!ReplyDelete
I adore bean salad...you know I will be saving this recipe for sure my friend. xoxoxoxo Have a great weekend. I love visiting you...I always go away with something yummy to look forward too.ReplyDelete
Your salad looks wonderful, Barbara. Next time I make a bean salad I want to try yours. You are using more and different types of beans than I do in mine. This looks great. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...MaryReplyDelete
Yay, congratulations, Barbara! You 've done a wonderful job on this one. Perfect picnic recipe. I'm sure Louise going to jump with joy. haha... Hope you're having a great day!ReplyDelete
What a fun idea. I love that you are still making your mom's yummy recipe.ReplyDelete
Thats so strange I used to play this game with my sister:ReplyDelete
"I'm going to ______ and I'm going to wear _______"... and then in our heads we would design dresses that we would wear to a ball and stuff :). I never heard a picnic version.
Salads like these are great for a picnic. This one looks so pretty and healthy too. My favorite picnic dish to bring is tuna pasta salad.
What a great summer recipe! I'm looking forward to bringing salads like these to work for lunch!ReplyDelete
I've never heard of this game before...now I'm intrigued.ReplyDelete
You know how much I love my legumes. This salad fits right into my philosophy about food preparation.
The recipe seems quite appetizing, however, I am a little concerned about the quantity of the vinegar!?! I guess I'll have to try it to understand it ;o)
I am prety sure if I made this my husband would propose again. He lOVES those ingredients... he would just adore this salad!ReplyDelete
P.S. I am not sure if he really 'adores' anything, him being a manly man and all. Maybe he would kist like it and grunt a lot.
I kid. :)
Agree-it's such a great picnic recipe and it's also healthy and good for you. What more could you ask for?ReplyDelete
I detested five bean salad when I was a kid. However not that I am of age, I won't say what age, I adore it! Something about those multitude of beans, onions and vinaigrette makes me happy. Comfort food I guess. Yours looks terrific. I love the idea of adding cauliflower.
Yum, your mother made this salad just the way I like it. I always use red onion in my bean salad and add extra garbanzo beans because I like them best.ReplyDelete
Barbara, this salad looks so healthy and refreshing. Perfect for a summer time picnicReplyDelete
WHat a great summer salad recipe!ReplyDelete
The recipe I inherited was only three beans! The more beans the merrier, IMO :) I love them all!ReplyDelete
What a fun game to play and a delicious 5 Bean salad recipe you have shared.
I love bean salad and it is such a great thing to take to a picnic.
It is more soups and stew weather here. I made a big pot of minestrone soup.
I hope that you have a lovely weekend and great weather and maybe a picnic.
I love bean salad, and I miss this kind of picnic salad! Just the other day, I had to explain to someone what a macaroni salad is. The classics are slipping away!ReplyDelete
We do letter potlucks, they are a lot of fun. Its cool to see how creative people get.
A virtual picnic sounds like so much fun and this is really the perfect dish to bring! My mom loves five bean salad and your recipe looks incredible! I'm printing it out to share with her. ;)ReplyDelete
What a lovely bean salad this surely is, dear Barbara!!ReplyDelete
Looks so tasty too!
Many kisses from sunny & hot Brussels!
Barbara this is Dale's all time favorite salad anytime of the year. My mom makes it for every get together. I love it, but I have to go at it very carefully.heheReplyDelete
Once I had leftover bean salad and I threw it in the food processor and made a bean dip! It was great!ReplyDelete
You have a wonderfully delicious and healthy combi for this picnic salad...so perfectly happy summer!!!ReplyDelete
What a fantastic idea - while I won't be able to join, next time I have a picnic I'll definitely use this method to determine what people should bring.ReplyDelete
YUM! I would LOVE eating this salad!ReplyDelete
I love this version...especially lovin' the cauliflower in there for some reason. Sounds delicious. The perfect contribution to any picnic...be sure to save me a scoop ;)ReplyDelete
Oh Barbara you have me thinking of my grandmothers and their wonderful bean salads. Its funny, I just had such a sweet dream last night of my Grandmother and now your post has me thinking of all the picnics we use to go on in Vermont when she would bring this salad. I'm going to make this one fro sure!!ReplyDelete
I hope you had a good weekend!ReplyDelete
we always had bean salad out of a can when I was little and it never was as impressive and your mum's - though I would prefer fresh green beans too!ReplyDelete
Oh we used to play the picnic game except we called it something else, I think it was "I'm going on a holiday, and I'm taking along....".ReplyDelete
That sounds like a perfect picnic salad, the vinegar and sugar almost make it like a fresh pickle doesn't it?
Have fun on the picnic :)
Barbara, the five bean salad looks delicious, what a great combination, love the idea of adding celery for the crunchiness...so colorful, just perfect for a picnic...I look forward to try it ;-)ReplyDelete
wonderfully simple and gorgeous.I absolutely love bean salads, they are so full of different flavours and textures!ReplyDelete
This is still one of my favorite salads and sadly you don't see it much at potlucks.ReplyDelete
I love these dishes Barbara - packed full of colour, texture and flavour - I am sure they shall be delicious! LucieReplyDelete
How can you have a picnic without Five Bean Salad? Thanks for this great recipe! This picnic is going to be fabulous!ReplyDelete
This looks like a great protein packed bean salad. I think everyone appreciates a recipe that is versatile with room for shortcuts when entertaining.ReplyDelete
A meal in itself, but suitable for picnic fare for sure! :)ReplyDelete
Hi Barbara! I just wanted to pop in and thank you once again for playing the picnic game. As expected, your Five Bean Salad was a huge hit!!! It's really been fun!!!ReplyDelete
Wishing you a Safe & Happy Independence Day!! Louise:)
What a fun idea! I might be brave and try this at my next potluck. Will be fun to see what folks end up bringing. ;)ReplyDelete