Marinated Vegetable Salad

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Looking for a salad that’s easy to make, tastes great, and is especially perfect for pot-lucks or the upcoming summer grilling season? This marinated vegetable salad is one of my family’s favorites!Marinated Vegetable SaladThe name of this salad is a bit of a mystery. The marinade is much like three-bean salad or any number of other marinated vegetable salads, so I went with that for a generic name. Ironically, I’ve always known it as “Winter Salad”–that’s the recipe name on my mom & grandma’s recipe card. But, we usually only eat it in the summer, so it seems a bit of a misnomer. Others apparently know it as “shoepeg corn salad” or “LeSueur pea salad”. But, no matter what you call it, it’s delish! I love that it keeps for quite a while in the fridge and it’s always a hit when I bring it to gatherings! πŸ™‚ Winter Salad

Marinated Vegetable Salad

(The recipe below is technically a double-batch…the size I make for pot-lucks, grilling get-togethers, etc.)


  • 2 cans tiny peas (Le Sueur Brand)
  • 2 cans white shoepeg corn
  • 2 cans french style green beans
  • 1 C (or more) celery – chopped
  • 1/2 C (or more) *yellow bell pepper – chopped
  • 1Β  or 2 small jar(s) pimento
  • 4 to 6 green onions & tops – chopped
  • 1 C vinegar
  • 2/3 C oil
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

*Note – the original recipe calls for green bell pepper, but no one in my family likes it. We’ve always made it with yellow or orange bell pepper. I think it tastes better & it prettier that way! πŸ™‚


-Drain all canned vegetables. Mix all vegetables together in a bowl. In separate bowl, make marinade–combine vinegar, oil, sugar, and salt & pepper. Pour marinade over vegetables. Combine well. Then, chill and serve. *Note–the taste is usually better if you can prepare ahead of time and let chill overnight. As with most marinated salads, this keeps well in the fridge for more than a week! Shoe Peg Corn SaladWhat are YOUR favorite summer salads?

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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14 Responses

  1. Yum! That looks fabulous, especially since I forgot to make a menu plan for this week and I’m winging it so far. πŸ™‚

    {visiting from AZ Bloggers}

  2. Hi I just love your recipes. After seeing the cucumber and vinegar salad (which I make all the time with our fresh homegrown cucumbers, I have to ask you if you have a recipe for wilted lettuce. My mother used to make it quite often. All I can really remember about it was, bacon, onion, vinegar and lettuce. That maybe all there is to it, but she has been gone since 1983, and my mind is not what it used to be. Any kind of help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thanks in advance and keep up the great recipes. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Char! Thanks so much for the comments! I’m not sure about that one, but if I find something I’ll let you know!

    2. Your correct, except my family added a little sugar to the bacon grease and vinegar, boil your grease and vinegar and sugar til sugar is dissolved then pour on lettuce and chopped bacon and eat immediately!

  3. Oh thank you!!! My mother has made this for years and it was so nice to find the actual recipe…..I love the substitution of yellow pepper ( we do not love green peppers at our house) Cannot wait to fix a batch for July 4th tomorrow. Thank you again!!

  4. 5 stars
    I was told that this was my Aunt Pauline’s recipe, but she must have found it in a magazine or something at one point. Her recipe makes half the amount. Anyway, this is THE BEST VEG SALAD bar none! Yes, there is a LOT of chopping (onion, celery, bell pepper, and green onions, if you add) and you have to wait a day to eat it, but it is so WORTH IT. Hubs and I just love it. It’s great w/ simple meats, like baked chicken, fish, or pork chops. Again, we love it!

  5. I made this and it was very good! Next time I think I will use frozen vegetables instead of canned. It was a little mushy using canned. Great flavors though! 😊

  6. We make this Marinated Pea Salad for our Ladies Guild Card Party every year! It goes well with Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce and anApricot Jello Salad that we serve with it. It’s always a hit and people are always asking for the recipe! Happy to have found it on Pinterest! Thank you!

  7. Wilted lettuce:Red or green leaf lettuce, 6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled,save bacon grease and measure out 6 tbls. Add to grease 6 Tbls of sugar, 6 tbls. Vinegar, heat to a boil or till sugar dissolves. Add one bunch of green onion chopped. Pour hot mixture over all and mix. We love this and it is the way my mother made it.

  8. Thank you for posting this recipe. I just went to my family reunion and this salad was so delicious and refreshing on a hot day. You know how folks are about sharing their recipes lol. I’ll ask if anyone is willing to share it and compare them. Can’t wait to taste yours tomorrow.

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