Four Bean Salad

By DK on Oct 23, 2012
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
I have always been the hearty salad eating kind. Not the ones with some leafy greens thrown in, but ones with some starch/carb like pasta, beans etc. I can make a complete meal  with a crusty bread to go along with it. In fact, I prefer these to sitting down for a 2-3 course meal. Although I can't say the same for my better half who prefers substantial and steaming hot food. So we have come to a consensus where I keep these for my lunches and just serve an appetizer portion for him during dinner! Works great for both of us :).
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
Among the many that I like, this one takes the cake for its freshness and the variety thrown in.  I always buy the regular greens beans and Romano beans. The later esp. is a family favorite. Much broader than the regular beans, these flat beans, also known as Italian Green "string" Beans are chewier, more velvety and hearty than regular beans. We especially love it paired with minimal spices and coconut. I do not use the Yellow Wax beans that much but on this day, on a whim, bought all the 3 beans. They looked so fresh and vibrant nestled side by side, that it felt unfair to leave out one of them(!).
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
To my good fortune I found a perfect recipe that used all three of them along with Kidney beans. It was a dream come true kinda salad for me. Simple to put together with not much of cooking but elegant enough to be served for a party or get together. Myriad colors and  flavors come together providing nutrition and heartiness.
References

recipe adapted from here

Basic Information
Prep Time: 8 hours to 1 day
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 4 people
Yield: Serves 4-6 people as appetizer and 2-3 people as main course along with crusty bread.
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup dried Red Kidney Beans, see Tips
  • 8 oz (abt 230 grams) fresh yellow wax beans
  • 8 oz (abt 230 grams) fresh Green beans, see Tips
  • 8 oz (abt 230 grams) fresh Italian String beans, see Tips
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 medium- large onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup apple cider or white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Honey, or to taste, see Tips
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Dill seed, see Tips
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
Tips
1.Kidney beans: If short on time or have forgotten to soak the kidney beans, you can substitute 1 (14oz) can of kidney beans. Skip the cooking part of the kidney beans in the recipe. Make sure to drain the beans well and give it a rinse to remove sodium (and/or preservatives) if any.
2.Green Beans: The variety of Green Beans I used is called as "Blue Lake Green Beans". This is a string less variety that I get from my local Farmer's market. You can use any other variety that you may find but just make sure to substitute with a fresh and tender green beans for this recipe.
3.Italian String Beans: These are also known as Romano Beans, Italian Pole Beans or Flat Beans. They are much broader than regular green beans.
4.Honey: To make this Vegan, you can use unbleached Cane Sugar instead or any other sweetener preferable to you.
5.Dill seed: The original recipe uses Celery seed but since I did not have any, I used Dill. Depending upon you preference you can use any of them.
Method
1
Soak the Kidney beans overnight. To make it quicker (and easier on your refer Tip 1)
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
2
I rely on my pressure cooker for my beans.
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
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Cooks them in flat 8-10 minutes (and I don't have to slave for hours cooking them over on stove top!).
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
4
Wash and prep the beans while the kidney beans are cooking. Remove the ends and cut them into 1 or 2" pieces.
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
5
I steam them seperately (given that they have different cooking time). The romano beans take a little more time to cook than the green and yellow wax beans.
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
6
You can also boil them by plunging them into a large pot of salted water.
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
7
and when bright and tender, immediately cooling the beans in an ice bath or under cool running water. I simply chose to steam them for less 5 minutes
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
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and add them with the onions, bell pepper and cooked kidney beans. Set aside.
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
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In another bowl or measuring cup, add the cider, honey (you might need anywhere from 2 to 3 tbsp of honey), oil and dill seed. Season with salt and pepper and whisk until combined.
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
10
Pour this dressing over the beans and
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
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mix well.
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
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Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight, making sure to stir once in a while. I kept mine for 5 hours before serving it for dinner.
Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
This keeps well in the fridge for about 4 days(according to the original recipe source). Is very hearty and satisfying. Kidney Beans Salad Recipe | Italian Beans (Romano) Salad Recipe
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4 Responses to “Four Bean Salad”
  1. Alicia

    :-D Another winner, DK! I was not disappointed that I could not find wax or broad beans — I steamed Edamame and Asian Long Beans to go with regular green beans and Aduki beans (in place of the Kidney beans). I doubled the dressing recipe and added a Tbls of dried Savory (Bohnenkraut=Bean Herb in German). This way I have a unique vinaigrette too! Next time I’ll double your recipe and quadruple the dressing, hee, hee. By the way, DK’s recipe made about 2 quarts of salad; so, if you’re bringing this to a buffet, double the recipe.

  2. Looks so great! I love beans too. They are great source of proteins for us vegetarians) :wink:

  3. Wow, soo colourful and fabulous..

  4. Yum and colorful! And so easy to make too :)

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