In an attempt to pretend I was eating healthy, I did start out every dinner with a trip to the salad bar. (This was to negate the copious amounts of pasta and fro-yo I consumed that year.) They always had these mixed "salads" in addition to regular salad, and one of my favorites was four-bean salad. After we moved off-campus, I didn't get my four-bean fix again, until ...
I was not much of a cook in college. If it could fit in my Crock Pot and was a ham, I would cook it, but that was about it. So my first-ever cookbook was a gift from Matt (don't worry, I requested it!) called The I-Don't-Know-How-to-Cook Book. Now that I'm actually cooking regularly, this book isn't as great since most of the things in it contain a lot of oil and sugar. But it did have a recipe for four-bean salad, and it is SOOO GOOOOD!
I took it to a church potluck. This is how these things always work out, I guess.
There's that Crock Pot I told you about. It cooks more than ham now, I swear.
• 3/4 c. sugar
• 1/2 tsp. pepper
• 1/3 c. corn oil (I used vegetable oil. Canola would probably be fine too.)
• 1/3 c. white vinegar
• 1 can kidney beans
• 1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas
• 1 can cut green beans
• 1 can wax beans
Chop the onion. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Let chill for a few hours. Devour.
What's your favorite type of "salad"?