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Sweet Sour Bean Salad (VRP 004)

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Sweet and Sour Bean Salad is a vibrant and flavorful dish that combines different types of beans with fresh vegetables in a tangy dressing. This salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a nutritious side dish to complement any meal.

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Sweet Sour Bean Salad

Sweet Sour Bean Salad

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Food History

Bean salads have been popular in various cultures due to their nutritional value, long shelf life, and versatility. Adding a sweet and sour dressing to the mix is a nod to the American palate, which often appreciates a balance of contrasting flavors. This type of salad is prevalent during the summer and at outdoor events, where a refreshing, easy-to-serve dish is required.

Recipe Discussion

This recipe includes a mix of kidney beans, cut green beans, and wax beans, providing a variety of textures and colors. Adding chopped green pepper, onion, and celery introduces a crunchy, fresh element that contrasts nicely with the softness of the beans. The dressing, a simple combination of sugar and vinegar, creates a bright, tangy flavor that brings the salad together. This dish is straightforward to prepare, making it a great last-minute gathering option.

Serving Suggestions

Sweet and Sour Bean Salad can be served chilled or at room temperature. It pairs well with grilled meats, such as chicken or steak, making it a perfect addition to barbecue menus. It also works well as part of a vegetarian spread, offering a hearty, flavorful option for those looking for plant-based dishes.

Preparation Tips

  • Draining and Rinsing Beans: Thoroughly drain and rinse the canned beans to remove excess sodium and improve their flavor.
  • Adjusting Sweetness: The recipe suggests using less sugar if preferred. Adjust the amount of sugar based on your taste, or substitute with honey for a natural sweetness.
  • Marinating Time: For the best flavor, marinate the salad in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This allows the beans to absorb the dressing, enhancing their taste.
  • Freshness: Adding fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro can flavor the salad.

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Sweet Sour Bean Salad Recipe

Sweet Sour Bean Salad

Sweet Sour Bean Salad (VRP 200)


  • 1 can Kid Beans
  • 1 can cut gr. Beans
  • 1 can wax Beans
  • 1 small gr. pepper chopped onion and celery
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. vinegar


  1. Drain Beans.
  2. Chop pepper and onion and celery.
  3. Add to beans.
  4. Mix onion ingredients.
  5. Mix all together.

Sweet and Sour Bean Salad is a delightful dish that combines the heartiness of beans with the fresh crispness of vegetables, all dressed in a light, tangy vinaigrette. Whether you’re hosting a party, needing a side for dinner, or preparing for a picnic, this bean salad will surely be a hit.

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