Add some white beans, and suddenly the traditional Italian bread and tomato salad is filling enough to stand on its own. It’s a great way to use fresh tomatoes from the garden or farmers market. —Patricia Levenson, Santa Ana, California
THIS RECIPE from my aunt was an immediate hit. I had pork and beans and mayonnaise in the pantry and all the vegetables in my garden. It's wonderful for a picnic or barbecue because it travels well in a cooler and is so colorful.
-LaVerne Stetler, Escalon, California
My bean salad is a mainstay, both for family meals and neighborhood potlucks. People rave about the cumin dressing with its zesty flavor. The salad tastes even better when made ahead and marinated in the fridge overnight.—Beth Brown, Naples, Florida
Each time I take this dish to a church supper, I get many, many requests to share the recipe. My family has enjoyed this tasty salad for years, and it works very well alongside ham, brisket or chicken. It is inexpensive to make, and the red onion rings add a nice touch of color to a meal. The real beauty of this salad is that it can be made well ahead of time.
I shared this recipe with a friend a while back. Now we kid about who will make it when we're attending the same event! No matter who brings the salad, it's always a hit at get-togethers.
Chock-full of fresh and canned beans, this colorful salad is perfect for potluck. De Loris Lawson of Carthage, Missouri sent the recipe. She writes, "I am a great-grandmother who loves to cook—from fancy meals for company to simple bean and corn bread suppers."
Karen Riordan of Fern Creek, Kentucky dresses up traditional bean salad with a tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette. "I'm a busy home-schooling mom, so I love how easy this colorful side dish is to prepare," Karen says. It's also perfect for picnics or potlucks.