Do you remember the days when extended families lived in the same town and family get togethers included aunts and uncles and myriads of cousins? I do. I grew up that way and so did my husband. He grew up in a small farm community called Keeler. His Grandparents lived in a big stone house and their 4 children and their families lived within shouting distance in houses scattered amongst the orchards and dirt roads that bisected the community. The whole family was involved in both farming the cherry orchards and a road construction business.
Needless to say, family get togethers had to serve up to 20 people. And as it was in my family, each aunt had a specialty. I was going through my recipes the other day and found this recipe that David’s cousin Kathie gave me for her Mom’s sweet veggie salad. Since my family is visiting I thought it was appropriate to make it. Sometimes I miss the way things were when we were young and families were not scattered in far away places.
My Brother is visiting from Michigan. Here we are with his Son Paul and his Grandson Seth.
This old fashioned version of Three Bean Salad makes a great addition to any family meal.
AUNT NANCY’S SWEET VEGGIE SALAD
Double for 20-30 people
Dressing; Heat to dissolve sugar, then cool
1/2 cup Canola or olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup wine vinegar (apple is ok)
Salt and pepper
Drain and put in bowl
2 cans cut green beans
1 can shoepeg corn
1 can garbonzo beans
1 can sliced carrots
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
Dice and add
3 ribs celery
1 small onion
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
Pour cooked dressing over veggies, toss and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.