9 Bean Salad


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Passed down from my grandmother, this recipe is great for any occasion and involves no cooking!  Born and raised in Azores, Portugual, my grandmother raised 18 children, and fed all of them well with this inexpensive recipe. My 11 year old granddaughter Brittanie is now learning how to make this recipe, and we hope to continue to pass it on from generation to generation.

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  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 sm. red onion
  • 1 15.5-oz. can light red kidney beans
  • 1 15.5-oz. dark red kidney beans
  • 1 15.5-oz. pinto beans
  • 1 15.5-oz. chick beans
  • 1 15.5-oz. yellow beans
  • 1 15.5-oz. green beans
  • 1 15.5-oz. lima beans
  • 1 15.5-oz. Great Northern beans
  • 1 15.5-oz. black beans
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tbs. oregano
  • 2 Tbs. thyme
  • 2 Tbs. rosemary
  • 2 Tbs. dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbs. sugar or honey
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbs. parsley
  • 1/3 C. balsamic vinegar
  • or red cider vinegar
  • 1 C. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. basil
  • 1 Tbs. cayenne pepper

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Drain all the beans and combine them into a large bowl. Dice up the red onion. Cut celerey into small pieces. Next, cut the red pepper into small pieces. Add all the above ingredients into the large bowl with beans. Add the cherry tomatoes. When finished mixing, add dressing (using recipe below) to the bean mix. Double dressing if needed. Pour the bean salad into an air-sealed container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or over night. The longer it sits, the better it will taste.


Finely chop oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Take garlic cloves and chop until minced. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk in the olive oil. Mix well. After all the dressing is well mixed, pour over the bean mixture.

Lasts up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Reviews (2)

  • Best Bean Salad I have made. Is this recipe for fresh herbs? I used dried& it seemed too much. Lucie

    Flag as inappropriate Lucie  |  August 7, 2008

  • this is fabulous and it is really good for our diabetic friends thanks for sharing

    Flag as inappropriate dsikora07  |  November 18, 2007

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