kidney beans

Multi-Bean Salad

Multi Bean Salad

I was never a fan of bean salads until I had this one!  Fresh and delicious, this salad combines canned beans with fresh veggies and a great vinaigrette.

This recipe is from the Moosewood Cookbook which is a wonderful vegetarian cookbook that has never let me down.  It calls for dry beans, but I’ve substituted it with canned to make it quicker and easier.


15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

6 T. olive oil

3 to 4 T. lemon juice

6 to 8 T. red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

Lots of black pepper

1/4 lb. fresh green beans

2 medium stalks celery, finely minced

1/3 cup very finely minced red onion

Up to 1 cup (packed) finely minced parsley

1 small red or green bell pepper, minced

Optional:  a small amount of minced cucumber

Optional garnishes:  cherry tomatoes, sieved hardboiled eggs

Once the beans are drained well, place them in a large salad bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the oil, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Add the dressing to the beans and stir well.

Trim the tips of the green beans and cut into bite size pieces.  Steam until tender (approx. 5 to 8 minutes).  Refresh under cold running water and drain well.

Add the green beans and remaining vegetables to the beans and mix well.

Refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours.  And when it’s potluck time, then serve!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

This is a simple and yummy Taco Salad recipe!

You can make the meat and salad mixtures separately and then toss together with chips right before potluck time!  Thank you to Joyce for sharing this recipe!


1 lb. hamburger

Tomato sauce or ketchup

Chili powder



Tomatoes, chopped

Lettuce, chopped to bite size

Sliced olives

Cheddar cheese, grated

1 can kidney beans, drained

Fritos or tortilla chips

Brown hamburger and drain excess fat.  Add tomato sauce or ketchup (enough to keep mixture a thick consistency) and simmer 10 minutes.  Add olives, kidney beans, and spices.  Simmer again until good and warm.

In a large bowl, mix hamburger mixture, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes.  Mix in chips last minute before serving.

3 Can Chili

3 Can Chili

This is one of the easiest, quickest, and yummy chili recipes ever.  Thank you Joyce for sharing this one!


1 lb. hamburger, browned

2 tsp chili powder

1 small onion, chopped and sauteed

1 can tomato pieces

1 can kidney beans, drained

1 can chili beans

Mix it all together and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.