Pickled Bean Salad

I usually make a double batch of this every two years.

This is our favourite accompaniment to a cold plate supper. It just hits that picnic vibe. But works so well with a baked potato and sausage supper in the winter too.

I use a variety of beans. My three favourites are Lewis (Veseys), Gold Rush (Veseys), and Dragons Tongue (Bakers Creek). Hopefully someday I will grow enough baking beans to use my own in this recipe but for now I use canned. One day !

It gets better the longer it sits on the shelf

Pickled Bean Salad

A great accompaniment to a cold plate, panic, or winter supper.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia
Servings 5 500ml jars


  • 1 waterbath canner


  • 9 cups Bush beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 2/3 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup red pepper, seeded and diced
  • boiling water
  • 2 1/2 cups cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 4 tsp pickling salt
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup water


  • Prepare canner, jars, and lids.
  • Get your boiling water going in a large saucepan. Add fresh beans, canned beans, onions, and red peppers. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes.
  • While the bean mixture is boiling, in another saucepan combine sugar, seeds, salt, vinegar, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes.
  • Drain vegetables. Pack them tightly into hot jars, to 1/2 inch headspace. Ladle the hot pickling liquid over vegetables, adjusting headspace back to 1/2 inch as vegetables settle and you remove air bubbles.
  • Wipe rim with white vinegar on clean cloth, Center lids on, add rings and finger tighten.
  • Place jars in canner, allowing water to cover by 1 inch. Process for 15 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, and let cool.
  • After 24 hours, wash jars with hot soapy water before storing.
Keyword bean salad, beans, farmfresh, garden

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