You Asked For It: bean and zucchini salad

We continue our backyard barbecue theme this week with a refreshing salad that is perfect for outdoor entertaining because it is mayonnaise-free. Irma Cruz of New Port Richey shares this bean and zucchini salad recipe that has a light dressing, allowing the flavors of the vegetables to shine. When I read that it must chill for 4 hours, I was concerned that the kidney beans and zucchini would get soggy or soft. That was not the case at all. Both held up well. I was able to find small zucchini that sliced nicely into bite-sized rounds. If you can only find larger zucchini, I would suggest slicing it into half rounds. Irma said she sometimes uses a yellow pepper for more color or substitutes cider vinegar for the white vinegar.

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>>Easy

Bean and Zucchini Salad

3 small zucchini, sliced

¾ cup chopped green pepper

½ cup chopped onion

1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

¼ cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons white vinegar

1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

In a bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring gently to mix. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Serves 6 to 8.

Source: Irma Cruz of New Port Richey

You Asked For It: bean and zucchini salad 05/29/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 5:30am]

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