i love leisure: mixed bean salad

Yesterday I had a busy day. Cornelius and I decided to ride our bikes to Pitt Meadows so that we could ride along the Fraser River trails. We saw a couple of bald eagles up close, 2 donkeys and a few cows grazing. It was a lovely day and we managed to ride more than 80km. You think after all that, we’d be ready to relax and put our feet up. Not so. Last night was the first night of our Tennis Leisure Club, and we rocked the balls & racquets super-fun-style! We played by our own rules, cuz that’s how we roll! Major fun was had and I think all Leisure Club members are pleased to note that this will be a recurring Monday night event.

Today I had to play catch up with work and didn’t want anything fussy to mess with when it came to my lunch. I also wanted a little comfort, after all, my muscles were a bit stiff after all that activity the day before, so I called my mom and requested her mixed bean salad recipe. When I was a kid, I was a very fussy eater (actually, some people would still say I am!) and I hated all kinds of beans. But somehow, this salad was one of my favorites. It was tangy with vinegar and had a touch of sweetness and lots of crunch. I modified the recipe because I like the taste of cider vinegar better than white vinegar, and I didn’t have a can of yellow or lima beans, so I added some extra veggies and cut back on the amount of dressing a bit. I couldn’t wait to eat this salad the next day, so I ate a bowl of it about an hour and it was delicious. I also know that this salad will taste even better tommorrow! This recipe makes a huge serving bowl full, so it’s perfect for picnics and bbqs.

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9 comments to “i love leisure: mixed bean salad”

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    s'kat   June 13, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    Mmmmm, seriously, this sounds like one of the best salads ever!

    Funny fact: I HATED HATED HATED beans my entire life, until 4 years ago. My husband (then fiancee) went on a trip to the Bahamas. There was an amazing dish down there called “Peas and Rice”. I ate it everyday for a week straight for lunch.

    It wasn’t until I returned to the states that he clued me into the fact that I had eaten beans EVERY day for lunch. And loved it.

    Bean salads rock!

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    Amy   June 13, 2006 at 8:06 pm

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    crystal   June 14, 2006 at 8:36 am

    You guys are too cute! That salad looks scrumptious…perfect for summer.

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    Samantha   June 14, 2006 at 10:45 am

    Too funny, I was looking in our pantry last night and I wanted to make a bean salad but didn’t have any green beans or wax beans. We made some Zatarains with veggie ground, peas and corn instead… tasty too.

    Our local farmer’s market started up again today, so we have plenty for dinner tonight… yay!

    Love the tennnis pic btw. :)

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    Aarika   June 14, 2006 at 11:57 am

    This will be perfect for my summer dinner party. Maybe with chicken and wine. Or just with wine. Or just the wine, knowing my friends, but still, mmm, bean salad.

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    kickpleat   June 14, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    ha, i love your clueless love of beans story!! and yes, this bean salad does rock :)

    thanks crystal!

    samantha, it must be something about summer that makes us crave the familiar bean salad!

    Aarika, i have parties like that too ;)

    rorie, get your ass up here & move already!!

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    Rorie   June 14, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    OK, first the cool bowling league and now the hipster tennis club? I’m moving to Vancouver. Oh, and the salad looks great, too!

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    Sandy   July 5, 2006 at 4:19 am

    I made this for a 4th of July picnic yesterday and it was great. I think it was very similar to my mom’s recipe. It sure brought back memories!

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    kickpleat   July 5, 2006 at 9:05 am

    glad you liked it, sandy!

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