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Traditional four bean salad with a couple of extra ingredients. Inspired by my Mom who came up with this wonderful concoction. It's very yummy!
- 1 (15 ounce) can green beans (drained)
- 1 (15 ounce) can yellow wax beans (drained)
- 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (drained)
- 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans (drained)
- 1 (15 ounce) can straw mushrooms (or any kind of mushrooms, drained*)
- 1 (15 ounce) can pickled beets (coarsely chopped, drained)
- 1⁄2 large purple onion (chopped)
- 15 gherkins (chopped)
- 1⁄2 cup sugar (Or to taste. I use a 1/4 cup.)
- 1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup oil
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Drain all the liquids from all six cans.
- In a VERY large bowl, combine all the beans, mushrooms, chopped beets, chopped onion and chopped gherkins.
- In a separate container, mix the sugar, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. I use a recycled spaghetti sauce jar just for this purpose and just shake it all up.
- Pour dressing over the bean mixture and toss well.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least overnight, if you can wait. I usually can't.
- * Straw mushrooms are found in the Asian section of the grocery store.