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Holiday Party Bean Salsa

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“Such pretty colors freckling the buffet or picnic table, with this salsa in the starring role! An easy-to-put-together QUICK little number that will tingle the taste buds with its perky piquant flavor combination. My mother didn't know my four brothers and I were throwing her a surprise party to celebrate her 75th birthday on December 25th (2009), but she had a slew of stuff already prepared for what she thought was a smaller Christmas party. My sis-in-law (Kim) shared this recipe with Ma, and she passed it along to me, so this is truly a family favorite--and my Dear Hubby (who usually doesn't like bean salads with vinegary-oil dressings) loved this concoction...AND my Dear Son-the-onion-hater actually thought this was pretty decent, too (even if he "had" to pick out the onjens/onions!). PREP time includes cooling time for the dressing and a 24 hour marinating period for the beans. PLAN AHEAD!!! Ma tells me that this "lasts forever" with the vinegar in there, and she added salt; I also thought it might be good to add some cilantro or a pinch of red pepper flakes.”
24hrs 8mins
6 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare dressing: mix Dressing Ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, remove from heart. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Dump all the "Bean Part" ingredients into a large plastic bowl, pour the cooled dressing over, stir and cover.
  3. Allow mixture to marinate for 24 hours, stir every so often OR gently shake the covered bowl.
  4. Drain, spoon into a serving dish, and serve with tortilla chips.
  5. BRILLIANT IDEA: this is good with the tortilla chips, but it also makes a delightful serving of "beans" for a picnic or for someone's lunch.
  6. LEFTOVERS are even better!

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