Classic bean salad



January 14, 2004|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Gloria Vermillion of North Canton, Ohio, requested a recipe for a bean salad. She wrote: "My husband and I enjoy the bean salad at Fisher Foods Inc. in North Canton. Could someone have the recipe?"

Bonnie Hull of Williamsport, Md., responded with a recipe. "I believe this is the classic of bean salads," she wrote.

Mixed-Bean Salad

Makes 8 servings

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2/3 cup cider vinegar

3/4 cup sugar, or less, to taste

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

one 14- to 16-ounce can cut green beans, drained

one 14- to 16-ounce can yellow waxed beans, drained

one 14- to 16-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed to remove color

1 medium onion, chopped

Mix oil and vinegar with sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over beans and onions, mixing well. Marinate, covered, in refrigerator 12 hours to 24 hours. Drain off dressing before serving. Serve in lettuce-lined bowls.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Yep, it's the classic three-bean salad that you see so often in salad bars. It keeps well refrigerated for a couple days [although you may want to drain off the marinade early if you plan to keep it longer, as the vinegary flavor intensifies over a couple days]. For visual appeal, you could add a little chopped red bell pepper, but as it is, it's a nice range of textures and colors."

Recipe requests

Peggy Cutrene of Bridgewater, N.J., says she is seeking a recipe she remembers having "while I was growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa. My friends and I would spend free time having a chipped ham barbecue sandwich. It was delicious, and I would love the recipe."

Peggy Seeley of Jacksonville, N.Y., writes that she has lost her recipe for pumpkin pie made with tofu. "It was delicious, and I hope a reader can supply the recipe."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Names must accompany recipes for them to be published. Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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