Cooking Challenge Week Three: Summer in the Winter

by - Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sorry for the late post today everyone! I just wasn't on my A-game this morning.

For week three of my cooking challenge I decided to make a summertime favorite. We've been having a bit of a warm spell in the D.C.-area as of late. Sunday it was up in the 50s! Wheee! And I've been inspired by the warm weather to whip up some warm-weather food.

One of my favorite summertime foods is my mom's three-bean salad. It's one of the quickest and easiest recipes around, takes about five minutes to make and doesn't require any cooking at all.

As the name implies, you start off with three beans: Green, Wax and Kidney. I very often also add chick peas, edamame and cut up pepper depending what I have in stock, but last night, it was just the basic beans. (P.S. Don't use the French Style beans, I grabbed that can by mistake at the store. You definitely want to just use the cut beans.)

Open the cans, rinse the beans and dump them all in a bowl.

Then it's time to whip up the dressing.

The dressing is made of oil and red wine vinegar. The original recipe calls for 2 parts oil to one part vinegar, but I sometimes do a one to one mix.

Then you add lots of spices. Pepper is always a necessity and sometimes that's all I use, but last night I dumped in some onion powder too.

And then a tiny bit of sugar to help cut some of the vinegar's bitterness. (Although if you like the tart taste, the sugar is totally optional.)

Pour the dressing over the beans and pop in the fridge for an hour or so to chill and then eat.

I take this recipe to picnics and potlucks all the time because it's so easy and delicious. It's also perfect for when I'm in a pinch or I'm not feeling the most creative in the kitchen.

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  1. I'm a huge lover of beans...this recipe is calling my name...looks great!

  2. I haven't been feeling like salads/cold foods all winter (despite the recent warm spell) but I'll definitely try this at some point. Looks good!

  3. Sounds very interesting! :)

  4. I need to "star" this one. I am always looking for something healthy to snack on between meals!

  5. i wish i could eat beans... this is so simple i could totally pull it off!

    wax beans? never heard of them?

  6. I've never heard of doing that before. Interesting!!