Beans in Favorite Family Recipes

It’s easy enough to find recipes for any dish you could possibly want in cookbooks, magazines, and on the internet, but nothing beats tried-and-true family favorites. One of our readers sent us this recipe that she’s been making for close to 20 years. She says her family has never tired of it.

Bell Pepper Salad with Cannellini Beans


  • 1 large bell pepper, yellow, orange or red
  • 4 slices precooked bacon
  • 1 can cannellini or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup cooked peas
  • 3 tablespoons snipped dill weed
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Italian salad dressing (optional)


  1. Discard bell pepper stem end, seeds and inner membranes, cut bell pepper into pieces and set aside.
  2. Microwave bacon and break into piece.
  3. Combine peppers, bacon, beans, peas, dill weed, feta cheese, cilantro, salt and pepper to taste in mixing bowl and toss to mix well.  Add Italian salad dressing (optional).