From the Garden...Kidney Bean Bowl

"Deseret Recipes" has a lot of recipes that use common ingredients in different ways – this recipe is one of them.  It’s a pretty, delicious salad that you could add to your table about any time of the year.  12 grams of fiber!  And it tasted good too.  You could use Homemade cooked dressing and leave out the bacon for a lower fat, lower-sodium recipe; I don’t think you would actually miss the bacon.  Who says Grandma didn’t understand good nutrition; you can find recipes like this one in many older cookbooks.                   
                             Kidney Bean Bowl
  2            cups  Kidney Beans -- cooked or canned, drained, rinsed
     1/2     cup  Celery -- chopped
     1/4     Cup  Onion -- chopped
     1/4     teaspoon  Salt
  3            tablespoons  Mayonnaise -- or Salad Dressing
  1            large  Apple -- diced, do not peel
     1/3     cup  Cheddar Cheese -- diced
  4            slices  Bacon -- crisp cooked, crumbled
  8            Lettuce Leaves (optional)
Combine beans, celery, onion and salt.  Stir gently to moisten with salad dressing.  Cover and chill 1 to 2 hours.
Stir in apple, cheese and bacon.  Serve in lettuce leaves, shaped into cups, if desired.
2013 Cost: $2.31 or 29¢ per serving
8 Servings
Per Serving: 242 Calories; 8g Fat (28.8% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 12g Dietary Fiber; 9mg Cholesterol; 194mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat.


  1. What a great recipe, at a time of year when I am looking for something different for salad. But this is good enough to be a meal. I will make it next week to pack for lunch for my husband - he is going to love it! Thanks!

    1. Yes, this is delicious as a main dish salad...with protein from both cheese and the beans. Add a muffin or something similar and you have en excellent lunch.

  2. Made this for Sunday dinner with the kids and we all enjoyed it-thanks!

    1. Thanks, Lynn. Glad you tried it and used it for your blog too.


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