Monday, May 5, 2014

DIY -- bean salad plus

I had an interesting conversation with a stocker at my grocery store once.
He wanted me to buy four cans of mixed beans at $1.69 a pound.
I wanted to buy four cans of single beans at $1.39 a pound.
I saved over a dollar in that conversation.
What's more, I got 60 ounces of bean salad (once I added diced bell pepper and onion) for $4.
You will get 16 ounces for $8 on Amazon.
What's more, this week's DIY is a three-fer.
This is my mother's bean salad dressing.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
pinch basil
1/4 tsp oregano
Bring to a boil very briefly and pour over the drained canned beans and other vegetables.  Eat the next day.
You can add garlic powder if you want, and also a pinch of sugar.

How this is a three-fer is that this dressing also works with artichokes.  Buy a box of frozen artichoke hearts.  Thaw them.  Add diced red bell pepper and sliced black olives.  Pour the dressing over and put in a jar or plastic keeper.  This is half the unit price of those tiny jars you see in the grocery story and makes a great ante-pasto for a dinner with guests and everything.

The same dressing works on pasta salad with olives, bell pepper, onion, cooked macaroni or shells, and grated cheese.  Again at half price or less.

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