Bean Salad

Sometimes I get so focused on bigger dishes that I forget that the Kid Cooks need to learn about side dishes too. From the basics, like potatoes or roasting a vegetable, to ones that require no cooking, like coleslaw, a green salad, or this bean salad. The Kid Cooks have asked me to teach them how to make a simple salad dressing, so I expect that to come soon. But, in the meantime, here is a flavorful bean salad that is easy to make and a great side for taco night, burgers or barbecue.

Makes 4 servings


Large mixing bowl

Knife and cutting board


Large spoon

Strainer or colander


  • 2 cans beans, about 15 ounces each
  • ½ red pepper
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • In the mixing bowl, place:
    • ½ teaspoon cumin
    • ½ teaspoon chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon thyme
    • ½ teaspoon sugar
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper
    • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
    • 4 Tablespoons cooking oil


  1. For beans
    1. Open cans
    2. Drain in strainer
    3. Rinse under cold water
    4. Drain off water completely
  2. Chop red pepper
  3. Chop tomatoes
  4. Chop garlic or use press
  5. Whisk mix in bowl until combined completely
  6. Add everything else to bowl; mix
  7. Let sit 15 minutes or longer. Stir every once in a while.
  8. Serve

Dad HH’s Creation

pdf of recipe >> Bean Salad

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