Elaine’s Crazy Quilt Bean Salad (circa 1965)

Elaine Douglas


This is a delicious recipe. It is not sweet like the ones your get in the deli.This is the original recipe from 1965l It calls for 398 ml (15 oz). cans of beans.
I sometimes substitute garbanzo beans for the lima beans. As long as you have a total of 4 cans of beans, you can substitute any canned beans you like.
This is a good, balanced and healthy recipe.


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20 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 1/4 c
    white vinegar
  • 1/2 c
    canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground pepper
  • 1 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 tsp
    thyme, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
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    1 398 ml (15 oz) tin green beans
  • ·
    1 tin wax beans
  • ·
    1 tin red kidney beans
  • ·
    1 tin lima beans
  • ·
    1 c. sliced celery
  • ·
    ½ c. onions – sliced or diced
  • ·
    ¼ c. green pepper (or yellow or red)
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    garlic salt

How to Make Elaine’s Crazy Quilt Bean Salad (circa 1965)


  1. Mix the dressing ingredients together.
  2. Drain the beans and put in a very large bowl with a tight-fitting lid. Sprinkle with salt and mix.
  3. Add the fresh vegetables to the bowl. Sprinkle with garlic salt if you like.
  4. Pour dressing over mix in bowl and seal tight. Shake to mix. Let stand for one day in the fridge. Turn upside down occasionally to make sure bean mix is well-marinated.

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About Elaine’s Crazy Quilt Bean Salad (circa 1965)

Course/Dish: Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Canadian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom

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