Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Recipe Wednesday: Cold Bean Salad In A Jar

Summertime eating

It's Recipe Wednesday and we are happy and thankful you stopped by! Are you hungry?!

Although here where we live in California it is not quite summer yet, with the warm temperatures we have had recently, you could not tell the difference. 

Heating up the house for meals is the last thing we want to do, so we have been planning some cool, get ready for the heat recipes. 

Today we would like to share with you, and inspire you with our Cold Bean Salad in a Jar recipe.

Cold Bean Salad Recipe
1 can black beans drained
1 can garbanzo beans drained
1 can cannelli beans or white kidney beans drained
1 can corn drained
Baby bell peppers 1 each : red, yellow, orange
1/2 sweet onion chopped
Cilantro as much as you like chopped
3 cloves garlic pressed or minced
Italian dressing to wet the salad to taste or use olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl place all ingredients. Toss together. If using jars to serve salad in, fill jars and chill in refrigerator several hours. Store left overs covered in refrigerator. This tastes best ice cold.

                                  You will need mason jars, string, napkins and forks.

Fill the mason jar with the bean salad.

Isn't it pretty?!! Looks like summertime!

Once the jar is filled put the lid on the jar.

Take your napkin, we used paper but cloth would work fine too, and fold it into a narrow rectangle that will fit around the jar.

Cut off a length of string, and tie the napkin around the jar with the string.

Stick your fork in between the jar and napkin on the side.

Place jarred salad in the refrigerator to chill.

Before eating, turn the jar upside down a couple of times to distribute the dressing.

These make great little picnic basket salad jars.  Try some grilled tortillas on the side, or put your cold bean salad in the tortilla like a wrap. Add in some rice and you have a complete protein meal.

We hope we have inspired you to make up a Cold Bean Salad and put it in a pretty jar soon! Be inspired. Get creative!

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  1. Love this recipe, and the wonderful picnic idea. I will definitely be making these yummy jars this summer. Smiles, Paula

  2. This sounds yummy and looks so pretty. I am happy to have found your blog and am now following!

  3. Hi Kristin: I'm a new GFC friend. I would love it if you would stop, and be mine too.
    This salad looks delicious and the jars are adorable. Thank you for sharing.

  4. This is perfect for a picnic! Love it. Would you consider linking it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  5. That looks so delicious!! And, so pretty too :).

    I'm sharing on FB and pinning!!

  6. Great idea and the jars turned out so cute!

    Thanks for sharing it!
    @ Creatively Living

  7. You had me at this for so many reasons!

  8. Love it! I'll be making it tomorrow for a pool party. Thanks!

  9. How creative to put it in jars!! SO cute. I'd love for you to come link this up to my 'camping recipe' link party!

  10. I think I am drooling. That looks so delicious I swear I can almost taste it :o)
    Thanks for linking up-
    Stacey of Embracing Change