Have you ever tasted something wonderful at someone’s house and asked then asked them for the recipe? Did your jaw drop to the floor when they said no? Then, did they give you some excuse they can’t give the recipe out because it’s a family secret? 

Been there. I’ve had that happen a bunch of times. I understand that they might be afraid I would post it in the newspaper. I’m not like that. I would never post anything that somebody didn’t want the world to know.

This recipe was from someone who passed away a while ago, and I forgot about it. At the time, they refused to give me the recipe, But I found one just like it and it tasted the same.

What I didn’t understand about this particular recipe is it’s for bean salad. It’s not like a secret cake or cookie. What would you ever do with a recipe like that? I can’t sell it. It would be hard to market it. 

At any rate, here’s the recipe. It is outstanding as far as beans go!           


Family secret recipe three bean salad

1 canned kidney beans, drained

1 canned waxed yellow beans, drained

1 cup celery, diced

1/3 cup onion, chopped  

One cup green pepper, diced

2/3 cup apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup oil

1 teaspoon of salt


In a large bowl mix sugar vinegar together until the sugar is dissolved. Add the salt and the oil in a slow strain while whisking. Pour over the bean mixture toss to coat and refrigerate for 4-24 hours before serving.


Lisa Erickson is a food columnist who loves adventure and food. You can find more recipes by emailing her at wildchowrecipes@gmail.com.

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