Calico Salad



Calico Salad was always a favorite of mine when I was a kid. It’s sweet, crunchy and delicious and makes a great addition to any meal. It also makes a perfect salad for family parties and picnics.

This salad will go with just about any meal. It’s a little sweet and a little sour and always better made a day before serving. This will give the flavors a chance to mingle together.

Like most dishes, I enjoy this Calico Salad best when I use fresh vegetables. If your in a hurry you can substitute with frozen vegetables if absolutely necessary.


  • 1 pound of green string beans
  • 1 pound of yellow wax beans
  • 1 16oz can of kidney beans
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper


  • Snap the ends off the green and yellow beans then snap them in half.
  • Bring a medium saucepan to a boil and cook the beans for 5 to 10 minutes until beans are bright in color and slightly crisp.
  • Drain the water in a colander and place the beans in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  • Drain the beans again and place into a large glass bowl.
  • Add the kidney beans, green pepper, onions and garlic.
  • Refrigerate for around 1 hour.
  • In a medium size bowl whish together the sugar, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
  • Pour the mixture over the beans and serve.

    Serves 4 to 6 people.

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