Everyone has their redneck guilty pleasure right? I believe RipleyPickles is canned smoked oysters. I secretly (well not so secret anymore) love me some canned three bean salad. I normally hate canned anything, except three bean salad . The only thing canned foods are good for is your Mayan 2012 End of the World emergency kit and Thanksgiving food drives. I have seen fancy three bean salad in jars at gourmet food stores, but I still think it contains loads of sodium, preservatives and additives. I decided it is time to make my own! I scoured my cookbooks and the internets for a good recipe. I think I came up with the closest thing to canned. – ts
3 quarts water
1 tablespoon table salt
8 ounces green beans, ends snapped, snapped or cut into one-inch pieces
8 ounces yellow/wax beans, same
1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained (fresh beans were just too time consuming so used canned whoops!)
1/2 a red onion, diced small
3/4 cup red vinegar
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
- Bring the water to a boil. Add the salt and the beans, cover and cook for about 5 minutes, until tender-crisp. Blanch them in ice water and let drain for at least 10 minutes and more if needed.
- In a large bowl, mix the cooked green, wax and kidney beans and onion.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan combine the vinegar, oil and sugar. Bring it to a boil on the stove. Remove it immediately, and pour it over the beans and onions. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Let marinade in the refrigerator for at least an hour.