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Old 06-10-2007, 02:15 PM   #1
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Company Picnic Bean Salad Recipe

Company Picnic Bean Salad

2 (16-oz) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 (15-oz) cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas) rinsed and drained
2 (14.5-oz) cans diced tomatoes with Jalapeno's, drained
1 1/2 c. frozen peas
1 1/2 c. frozen corn
1 c. chopped sweet onion
2/3 c. chopped red pepper
2/3 c. chopped yellow pepper
2/3 c. red wine vinegar (or cider vinegar)
1/2 c.extra-virgin olive oil
1 TBL balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 TBL dried red pepper flakes
In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients.

In a separate, small bowl, combine the last 8 ingredients, whisking until well blended. Pour over bean mixture, tossing gently to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.

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Old 06-11-2007, 03:35 PM   #2
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the two vinegars (balsamic, espercially ) deal with any sweetness the peas bring to the dish............if it's there you don't get a lot of it...........
I might be willing to try it with the a kielbasa (small dice), but then your seasoning balance will be totally different; thus, a different dish- not necessarily a bad thing, but different........
I'm always reminded in these situations of a girl who was "crazy" about me in the ninth grade.........but she said she could love me even more if I change from the "waterfall, duck-backed" hair style to a crew cut

the peas and corn take it to another level- without these ingredients, it's just another bean salad, in taste texture and color- trust me!
But, what the heck- play with it, and let us know..................but I have a rule about recipes- try the recipe FIRST- then improvise, rhapsodise, make it your own!

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