Tangy 4-Bean Salad & Mold-Free Berries with Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar #HeinzVinegar

Heinz apple cider vinegar

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I love the tanginess of apple cider vinegar and our family often uses it to sprinkle over our french fries or stir into a big bowl of homemade potato salad. You can be sure that there will always be a bottle or two of Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar or Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar in my cupboard! 

One of my all-time favorite ways to showcase the taste is in a delicious bean salad. Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar adds a perfect tang to the sweet & sour dressing. This is one dish that will be perfect for warm summer night or a family potluck. For a burst of flavor, I added fresh herbs as well as fresh green beans for a nice crunch.

tangy 4 bean salad Heinz apple cider vinegar

tangy 4 bean salad Heinz

Tangy 4-Bean Salad
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Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar adds a nice tang to this crunchy 4 bean salad. perfect for picnics!
Recipe type: Side Diah
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans, drain & rinse
  • 1 can baby butter beans, drain & rinse
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drain & rinse
  • 2 cups fresh french green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • ¾ cup Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp coarse-ground pepper
  1. Combine vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Bring vinegar and remaining ingredients to a boil over medium heat, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly.
  3. Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables and mix well.
  4. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Stir before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon.
  6. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, in airtight container.


Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar In the Kitchen

While I do use apple cider vinegar in many recipes, I also know that it’s also a very versatile kitchen tool. You have probably heard that you can make a great fruit fly trap using apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap (it really works!) and I’m sure you’ve probably used apple cider vinegar to clean something greasy (add a few tablespoons to a spray bottle to clean counters, glass and greasy stove tops). But did you know that you can prevent mold from growing on fresh berries with apple cider vinegar? I ran across this tip a few years ago and I am really surprised by how well it works to keep my berries fresh for longer.

Just mix 1 part apple cider vinegar + 10 parts water in a large bowl.

Add berries and swish it around. I let my berries sit for a few minutes and take that time to wash out the container they came in and line it with a thick paper towel.

After I drain the berries, I place them back in their container and they’re ready to go in the fridge. The vinegar doesn’t leave an aftertaste and the berries will last a week or longer without growing that dreaded mold!

This tip has saved me money — berries are not cheap!

prevent moldy berries with Heinz apple cider vinegar

Check out Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar!

Since 1869, Heinz has been producing all natural and delicious vinegar to meet our household and recipe needs. For apple cider vinegar recipe ideas, be sure to browse the Heinz Vinegar Recipes section. Also, visit Heinz on Pinterest for cleaning and cooking with vinegar tips. Find Heinz vinegars in most grocery stores as well as Walmart and other select retailers.

Bottled at the peak of freshness, Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar is ultra-filtered and has a sparkling clarity. It’s mellow flavor is a perfect compliment to salads, main dishes and other favorite recipes.

If you are looking for vinegar in it’s most natural and wholesome form, check out Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. This variety of vinegar includes the “mother” which is created during the fermentation process and is touted as a beneficial product for cooking and home use.

In addition to Apple Cider Vinegar and Distilled White Vinegar, Heinz also offers a large assortment of specialty vinegars such as Red Wine Vinegar, Tarragon, Balsamic, Garlic Wine and Malt Vinegars, as well as the new Heinz Cleaning Vinegar.


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  1. 1

    OOH that salad looks amazing! I’m a big fan of beans. I also soak all my fruit in a water/vinegar mixture which keeps them fresh plus clean!

  2. 2

    My daughter said “That looks good.” That means I have to try it ;). Thank you for the tip about washing berries in apple cider vinegar. At the price of berries I really need a good way to prolong their life.

  3. 4

    That is amazing that apple cider vinegar can keep berries from getting moldy like that. I have never heard of this trick, but I am definitely trying it.

  4. 6

    The salad looks great and I will def. be doing this to berries. You’re right they’re not cheap!

  5. 7

    That salad looks great!

    I use the fruit & vinegar trick for all of my fruit. It’s a great tip especially for organic fruit that tends to spoil faster.

  6. 9

    Great tip about the berries. Thank you. Ours go moldy so quickly.

  7. 10

    G’day! love the 4 bean salad, true!
    Love the hint and tips re the berries too!
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    Cheers! Joanne

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