Quick and easy kidney bean salad is the perfect side dish. Packed with flavor everyone will love this side dish salad.
Kidney Bean Salad Recipe
Over the past few weeks, we have been sharing a ton of southern salads that my husband's nephew Nathan shared with us while he was here this summer.
Nathan lives in Alabama most of the year but spent a month with us this summer working on recipes with me and exploring national parks.
This Kidney Bean Salad is known in my sister-in-law's family as grandma's kidney bean salad. My sister-in-law said it is a family favorite at family potlucks, holidays, and family barbecues.
I am pretty sure this is a salad we will be making all the time. My husband inhaled this salad! He went back for thirds I think and skipped everything else we had made.
John kept telling me it was so flavorful and delicious and he couldn't believe it was the first time he had tried it.
While there was still half a bowl on the counter my husband was asking me when I would be making this salad again so he could look forward to it. LOL.
- Red Kidney Beans
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Green Pepper
- Pickle Juice
- Salt and Pepper - optional
Kidney Beans - We used canned kidney beans
Hard Boiled Eggs - We use air fryer hard-boiled eggs for quick and easy eggs for this salad recipe.
Pickle Juice - I take this right out of the jar of pickles we always have in the refrigerator.
Large Mixing Bowl - We are big fans of this glass batter bowl that has a handle. It makes it easy to mix ingredients and keeps the mixing bowl steady on the counter.
Spider Strainer - I love using a spider strainer to rinse and drain the kidney beans
How to make Kidney Bean Salad
Step 1 - Drain and rinse kidney beans. Add them to a bowl and set to the side
Step 2 - Dice all of the veggies. Add the chopped celery, onion, and green bell pepper to a mixing bowl.
Step 3 - Combine mayonnaise, sugar, and pickle juice together in a bowl.
Combine the kidney beans, diced vegetables, and mayo sauce in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine and make sure everything is coated.
Garnish with hard boiled eggs and green peppers.
For more pickle flavor you can dice a ¼ cup of sweet pickles and add them to the salad.
Feel free to use any color kidney bean you have available. You can try this with black beans if you have those available.
You can substitute Miracle Whip for the mayo if you prefer that flavor.
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Kidney Bean Salad Recipe
- 3 cans Kidney Beans Rinsed and drained
- 3 Hard Boiled Eggs
- ½ green pepper diced
- 3-4 Celery diced
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ cup pickle juice
- 2 Teaspoon White Sugar
- 1 Onion small, diced
- Wash and drain kidney beans. Dice hard boiled eggs, pepper, celery and onion and place in a bowl.
- Add in kidney beans and stir together.
- In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, sugar, and pickle juice. Pour over kidney bean mix and toss together.
- Garnish with cut up hard boiled eggs and peppers
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