Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ranch Recipe # 10: Ranch Style Bean Salad



The year is 1972.

I am on the phone with my mother.

(Remember making long distance calls?).

I need a salad recipe that is no fail

for my first dinner party,

and my skill set is a little shaky.

Her recommendation?

Ranch Style Bean Salad


Don’t worry about amounts ladies.

You can not ruin this salad.

I am sure that is why my mother suggested it.

This next step is important.

Before beginning, play a country western song from the 70’s on your stereo

My choice?

There Stands the Glass by Johnny Bush.

You can now begin.


Rinse, drain, and chill 2 cans of ranch style beans

Chop the following:

red onion (about 1/4 cup)

1 green bell pepper


Gently combine the vegetables with the ranch style beans .

Add a generous sprinkling of grated cheese.

Drizzle with Catalina dressing until everything is coated.

Before serving, add 1 package of fritos.




Karen said...

Sounds fabulous!! I have been so hungry for a bean salad lately. Now to find that song....
Ladybug Creek

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Mmmm... we also threw in some leaf lettuce torn in chunks! Delicious!
I must say... I had to go to youtube and listen while reading your blog today... haven't heard that one in years!

I think we'll have this soon. After all it is Summer chilled Salad weather!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

YUMMMMM !!! I am sooo going to try this!

joanne said...

sounds yum but what kind of bean is a ranch bean? Don't mock, I'm a little city girl who doesn't know any better!

Pura Vida said...

Interesting. Seems very Texas BBQ. Music makes everything taste better

trash talk said...

Oh good golly...been years since I've thought of this salad...or Johnny Bush!
We called it Taco Salad back in the day with browned ground, lettuce and tomatos thrown in. I guess your Mom didn't want to overwhelm you too much at get-go!

Marigene said...

Sounds like a great summer salad.

suzieQ said...

This Connecticut/Maine Yankee had to Google ranch beans- sounds deliscious, but have never seen them! I'm sure I would gobble them up.
Too funny!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I don't even think I could screw this one up. Sounds delicious!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Well, doesn't that sound good... I think I'll give it a whirl. My culinary skills are sorely lacking, so this could be a success. :-)


Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, I'm definitely giving this a try, right away. I love everything that is in it and the fritos just make it all the better.


Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, I want that now! Sounds just scrumptious and really easy. I can find a song, but I admit, I've not heard of that one! Will be in search~


Theresa said...

Mmmmmm, that sounds YUMMY! Thanks for sharing it with me! Nice to have a recipe like that to throw together for a picnic in the backyard:) HUGS!

designchic said...

What a delicious Summer salad. Can't wait to try!!

Kelly said...

That looks like a great summer salad! It seems so easy too. Thanks for sharing it. Also thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower! i will happily follow your blog too. I'm going to look around while I'm here.

Lori said...

Just pinned this recipe, Yum! Love Catalina dressing.

TxFarmhouse said...

Hey, Laura, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I remember this bean salad..oh so yummy!


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