Packing for a picnic does not have to be difficult. In fact, the beauty of a picnic is that the meal is often simple yet delicious. Most picnics include sandwiches, chips, and a variety of different salads. If you’re looking for something that’s a little different from the standard pasta or potato salad, bean salad may be a great addition to your next picnic. The perfect bean salad is easy to make, nutritious, and full of flavor. For your upcoming picnic or special event, try one of these delicious salads.
Five Bean Salad
Make an appetizing and filling side by preparing a five bean salad. This mixture can be made in advance and chilled in the refrigerator until it is time to go on your picnic. Simply boil green beans, wax beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, and garbanzo beans until tender. Joan of Arc carries a delicious line of beans that can be used in just about any bean salad recipe. Drain and toss with scallions, diced red peppers, parsley, oregano, a small amount of hot sauce, and a vinaigrette dressing until covered. The hot sauce adds a kick to this traditional bean salad, while the peppers give just the right amount of crunch.
Black Bean Salad
For an amazing summer salad, look no further than this black bean salad. This salad combines black beans, corn, green onions, jalapenos, chopped plum tomatoes, and avocados to create a light but filling salad. This dish is fantastic for picnics, potlucks, and summer cookouts. Combine all ingredients, and then add lime juice, cilantro, basil, olive oil, sugar, and salt to provide the perfect touch of seasoning to this fresh and tasty bean salad.
White Bean Salad
This simple salad is extremely easy to make but packs a lot of flavor that makes it ideal for packing in your picnic basket. To create this salad, simply combine canned white beans, chopped red onion, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. After all ingredients have been combined, chill until the salad is ready to serve or be packed in your basket.
Create Your Own Perfect Bean Salad
While these recipes will all work wonderfully for your picnic or another summertime outdoor event, you can also experiment in the kitchen to invent your own bean salad. Mix and match ingredients from each recipe to create your own culinary masterpiece. Start in small batches and add one ingredient at a time to produce the perfect combination of flavors that will please your taste buds. Use one type of bean or combine several to complement each other in your own unique salad that everyone will rave about at your next picnic or outdoor event.