Granny Jordan’s Vegetable Salad

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Marinated in a tangy yet sweet vinegar dressing, Granny Jordan’s Southern vegetable salad is overflowing with canned and fresh vegetables, like pimentos, celery, green beans, corn, green pepper, and onion.

vegetable salad

Granny Jordan’s vegetable salad recipe is one of those unassuming dishes of goodness that families with loving matriarchs just take for granted will show up at all of their get-togethers. It doesn’t put on airs, is easy to throw together, doesn’t cost a whole ton of money, and everyone loves it. Come to think of it, I would use a lot of those phrases to describe Granny Jordan herself. She had a graceful kindness about her in how she entered and operated in your life. Never one to butt in or force her opinions, she was happy to just “be” and her presence was always a joy. She didn’t judge, just welcomed and loved.

This vegetable salad recipe is both crisp and flavorful. We use a bunch of canned and fresh vegetables, including peas, green beans, corn, onion, green pepper, and onion. Then we marinate the vegetable salad in a sweet and sour dressing made with oil, vinegar, and sugar, and seasoned with salt and pepper. All you have to do is make the dressing, stir it into the vegetables, and let it chill in the fridge. I love to refrigerate it overnight so the dressing soaks into every last vegetable!

I’ve included some serving suggestions below, but this Southern marinated vegetable salad tastes good with basically any main dish. Alright, who’s ready to make it?

ingredients for vegetable salad.

Recipe Ingredients

  • White vinegar
  • Vegetable oil or olive oil
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • English peas
  • Diced celery
  • Pimentos
  • French-style green beans
  • White or sweet corn kernels
  • Diced green pepper
  • Chopped onion

How to Make Vegetable Salad

Place vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is melted.

Sometimes I just heat this up in the microwave and stir it real good, works just as well.

Drain all of the canned veggies and dice up all the fresh veggies, then place them all in a medium bowl.

Pour the prepared and cooled dressing over the top, cover, and refrigerate for several hours or until chilled.

vegetable salad 1

When ready, serve your corn salad with a slotted spoon.



Store leftover marinated salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use apple cider vinegar if you prefer or if that is what you have on hand. Another option is white wine vinegar.
  • For more flavor, add your favorite chopped fresh herbs, like fresh parsley, dill, cilantro, basil, chives, rosemary, or oregano.
  • You can also add spices, like 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and/or celery seed.
  • Adapt this recipe to suit you and whatever veggies you have on hand:
    • Substitute the white onion for a red onion.
    • Use red bell pepper or yellow bell pepper instead of green bell pepper.
    • Swap celery for shredded carrot or use both.
    • Use thawed frozen corn instead of canned corn.
    • Substitute one of the cans of corn for a can of sliced mushrooms, lima beans, kidney beans, or water chestnuts. 

Recipe FAQs

What do you serve with this simple vegetable salad?

If you want to serve your salad as a side dish, it works great with so many main dishes, like grilled chicken tenders, fried catfish, pork chops, and fried chicken

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Vegetable Salad

Marinated in a tangy yet sweet vinegar dressing, Granny Jordan's Southern vegetable salad is overflowing with canned and fresh vegetables, like pimentos, celery, green beans, corn, green pepper, and onion.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad, vegetables
Servings: 8
Calories: 250kcal


  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 15-ounce can green peas, drained
  • 1 14.5-ounce can French-style green beans, drained
  • 2 11-ounce cans sweet or shoepeg corn, drained
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 2-ounce jar pimentos, diced and drained


  • Combine the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    3/4 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup vegetable oil or olive oil, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and pour vinegar mixture over all, stirring to coat.
    1 15-ounce can green peas, drained, 1 14.5-ounce can French-style green beans, drained, 2 11-ounce cans sweet or shoepeg corn, drained, 1 cup diced celery, 1 cup diced bell pepper, 1 cup diced onion, 1 2-ounce jar pimentos, diced and drained
  • Cover and chill for eight hours or until thoroughly chilled.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 311mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 35g
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  1. Making this now. I saw your recipe on the back of a Best Choice Canned green bean can.
    Yours calls for 2 cans of corn.
    Also yours calls for sugar in the recipe. The recipe on the back of the can leaves out the sugar completely.
    Wonder if the sugar is left out, I’m sure it would be a little tangy. Anyway I need less carbs in my diet, so I will leave out the sugar this time.
    It sounds wonderful for all good for you fiber!
    I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  2. We have made this for years and love it. Since we have quite a few diabetics in our family, we switch out the sugar for Splenda. It is just as delicious, just diabetic friendly. Would love to know the calorie content with the swap.

    1. Thank you for comment. So glad you love the recipe. If you minus the sugar calories (about 775 calories) from the dessert then subtract that from the total calories of the dish which is about 2000, add your splenda calories and divide by 8, you will get an approximate answer for your swap per serving.
      Hope that helps 🙂

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