Bean Salad with Pickled Vegetables for 4th of July #SundaySupper

Bean Salad with Pickled Vegetables

Ready for your July 4th celebration? If you’re anything like me, you can’t believe that it’s possibly July already. It seems like just yesterday we were kicking off summer with Memorial Day weekend. And the day before that, it was Christmas.

Independence Day is going to be special this year. Fireworks displays haven’t been allowed here on Hatteras Island since the Ocracoke Island tragedy in 2009 that killed four people.

In 2012, fireworks are back! Once again, we’ll be able to sit on our deck, swat mosquitoes and “oooh” and “ahhh” over the fireworks emanating from the Avon Pier. You do know the correct sequence for responding to fireworks, right? The first one gets an “oooh,” the second gets an “ahhh” and the third gets a “yay.” Repeat.

When the #SundaySupper group decided to celebrate 4th of July together, I knew right away that I wanted to make a healthy salad that stands up well to hot outdoor temperatures. This eliminated anything with mayonnaise (not that I’m a huge mayo fan anyway).

Since I currently have an abundance of green beans, I thought I’d try this salad with black beans, pickled onions and red peppers, and a briny mustard vinaigrette. It was the perfect picnic food. Leftovers were even better, served with a slice of piping hot cornbread. What is it about beans and cornbread together anyway?

What’s on the menu for 4th of July at your house?

Bean Salad with Pickled Vegetables

Adapted from Food Network Magazine

Bean Salad with Pickled Vegetables
1/2 cup white vinegar
juice of 1 lemon, divided
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 pound string beans, trimmed and cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces (combination of green, purple and/or yellow beans)
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon Homemade White Wine Mustard or dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Brine the vegetables: In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, half of the lemon juice, 1/2 cup water, sugar, coriander, salt and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for about 2 minutes. Place the bell pepper and onion in a bowl; pour in the brine. Let cool to room temperature.

Prepare the beans: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a little bit of salt and the string beans. Cook until tender, but still crisp (about 5 minutes). Drain and rinse with cold water. Place string beans and black beans in a large bowl.

Make the dressing: Measure out 1/4 cup of the brine that the vegetables are soaking in and place in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining lemon juice and the mustard. While whisking continuously, add the olive oil in a steady stream. Continue whisking until smooth.

Put together the salad: Drain the peppers and onions. Add the vegetables and dressing to the bowl with the beans. Toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Makes 6 servings
Per serving: 127 calories, 9g fat (1g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 441mg sodium, 10g carb, 4g fiber, 3g sugar, 2g protein

Nutritional Analysis: This salad is low in cholesterol. It is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Dietary Fiber. The sodium count may be misleading as some of the salt gets poured off in the brine and the cooking water for the beans.

The #SundaySupper gang will be sharing recipes all afternoon on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram on Sunday, July 1, 2012. We will also have a live chat at 5:30 EST on Twitter and will be using the hashtag #SundaySupper. We look forward to answering questions, giving tips and inspiring you to spend more time Around the Family Table with those you love!

Here are the recipes that will be featured by the group of bloggers participating in today’s #SundaySupper. Martin from ENOFYLZ will also be sharing some fabulous wine pairings.

Main Dishes:

Salads and Sides:



  1. says

    Love bean salad! Green beans and black beans are some of my favs. I’ll have to try this one for my next picnic or cookout.

  2. says

    That pickled bean salad looks wonderful, and I love the flavors represented in the recipe. I hope the beans in my garden turn out as beautiful as your beans have!


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