Salad is kind of a hard sell during the early spring weather. When it’s cold outside, we often crave something warm and filling.

While that’s natural, it is still important to at least try and eat healthy during the winter time. A nice winter salad can be just the trick! But, what makes a salad a “winter salad?” A couple elements set them apart. These can be together, separate or in any combination.

With citrus at peak harvest season during winter, fruit like grapefruit and oranges are a common feature. A winter salad also will typically have plenty of meat or a protein substitute. This recipe follows the latter.

Packed with delicious and hearty Randall Beans Pinto Beans, this salad will keep you nice and full! This salad tosses beans, cabbage and red onion in salt, vinegar and mayo to make a creamy dressing. Come to think of it – this “salad” is more like a coleslaw!

We enjoy it with a hardboiled egg on the side, but feel free to add your own twist on this fabulous pinto bean salad recipe.

This pinto bean salad recipe will make six servings. It is perfect as a quickly-made side dish during dinner or for making in large batches to have for lunch throughout the week.

Winter Pinto Bean Salad

Winter Pinto Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 24-oz. jar of Randall Beans Pinto Beans, drained
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced

Instructions

  1. Reserve 1/4 cup of Randall Beans Pinto Beans.
  2. In a large bowl combine remaining beans, cabbage and onion. Add celery seed, salt, vinegar and mayonnaise. Toss thoroughly and chill. Garnish with egg and reserved beans.
  3. To lower cholesterol and fat content feel free to use your favorite brand of “lite” mayonnaise. When using the larger 48-oz. jar, simply double all recipe ingredients following the same preparation instructions.
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Winter salads are a delicious and refreshing change of pace… but with spring right around the corner, we have our eyes set on warmer weather. When the weather does turn warm new salad cravings come to mind. Grab a copy of our Spring Salads cookbook for more delightful spring-time salad recipes and more.

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Meatless Monday is so much more appealing when incorporating this tasty dish featuring Randall Beans Pinto Beans.

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