Welcome to Kansas, Vegetable Salad

Welcome to Kansas sign

I come by my love of cooking honestly, as my mom and her two sisters were constantly whipping up some of the best country cooking you can imagine when I was growing up on the farm in Kansas. Then gathering us all together around a long buffet table of dish after casserole dish of food, we’d eat until we were “fuller than ticks”.

I have a family cookbook full of these recipes and want to start posting more. Last road trip home, I pulled over to take a photo of this sign just inside the Kansas-Colorado border to use for these posts. Just a side note, did you know there’s a town on the border called Kanorado? Clever.  Population 222, 119 males, 103 females…thank you Google.

This recipe comes from my Aunt Lena. Actually her name was Lois, but we called her Aunt Lena. Come to think of it her husband’s name was Marion and we called him Uncle Frank??? Then there was my Mom’s friend Wallace but we called him Wig. My Aunt Laura who we always called Aunt Tootse. Very confusing for my husband when he started visiting my family. Always questions like “well then which one is Marion?”

Anyway, this is an easy delicious side dish. I’ve used canned vegetables for this batch because here it is the end of July and Colorado still has no fresh Colorado produce. This last week we did just see some sweet corn.. finally!  Very soon I’ll be blanching up fresh veggies for this recipe.

This simple sweet tangy flavorful mixture will pair quite nicely with any piece of meat that comes off your grill this summer.

Mixed vegetables with a vinegar and sugar dressing

Aunt Lena’s Vegetable Salad

1 can corn — white
1 can green beans — french style
1 can peas — small
1 cup onion — red, chopped
1 whole green pepper — chopped
1 cup celery — chopped
1 jar pimentos
1 cup sugar — 1/2 to 1 cup (to taste)
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs water

1. Heat sauce slightly to melt sugar. Pour over vegetable and let set overnight.

Servings: 12

Aunt Lena’s Vegetable Salad.

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  1. says

    I love family recipes – those tastes take me back to family gatherings. The Kansas sign made me nostalgic. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen one of those. And you’d think I would have heard of Kanorado – funny that they know the gender of their populace.

  2. says

    It’s hard to beat the old family recipes. I wish I had been interested in cooking as a kid, so I could now have the written ones as well as those they just kept in their heads.

  3. says

    Hi I’m Chris but you can call me Rafael.

    This dish looks like one I would have HATED as a kid but as an adult would think, “What the **** was I thinking back then?”

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