My Mom, Dorothy, used to make this salad every Thanksgiving. She loved it and I think everyone else did too....except me.
I just never did like this dish. I guess it might have been because it had green peas and canned green beans. Those two items are two of my least favorite things in the food world, right behind oysters and vital organs. So, every year she would ask what she could make to bring over for the Thanksgiving meal and I would say "bring whatever you want." I knew it was going to be this salad and that was okay, but I was not going to eat any of it. Then, one Thanksgiving...in a weak moment...I put some on my plate...and then I understood what everyone else had figured out....it was really good!
I think I have already told y'all this, but my Mom has dementia now. She hasn't been able to make this salad in years and I really miss that now...I really miss the old her...the one who would make this salad every year. This CHRISTmas I found myself really wanting to eat this salad. I bought all of the ingredients but somehow never found the time to make it. Well, I made it today for our One-Day-Late-New-Years-Day-Meal. My sister-in-law made an Apple Pie and a Peach Pie, my son made his famous Pork Shoulder...it was so delicious. I made Blackeyed Peas, Sauteed Cabbage, Cornbread and my beautiful Mom's Marinated Vegetable Salad. Maybe, it was a good thing to wait because I think it was a good way to start the New Year remembering the good things...no matter how seemingly small.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
DOROTHY'S MARINATED VEGETABLE SALAD
(1) 14.5 ounce can French Cut Green Beans, drained
(1) 11 ounce can White Shoepeg Corn, drained
(1) 8.5 ounce can Green Peas, drained
(1) 2 ounce jar chopped Pimentos, drained
2 Bunches Green Onions, chopped
1 cup Celery, chopped
3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Salt and Pepper
Did you notice that in the picture above I bought the wrong beans? I didn't notice until I opened them up.
So I took each bean and sliced it into "french-cut" green beans.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium glass bowl.
In a small saucepot, bring to boil the vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Let cool and pour over ingredients.