Kidney Bean Salad à la White Fence Farm

It started with a quest to find a new kidney bean salad recipe.  Since I’m having an issue with low potassium, I did some research of foods with high levels of this mineral. One must have more variety than bananas, right?  Research showed beans are pretty rich in that regard.  Oh yeah, beans. . .yum! This triggered a craving for kidney bean salad.

Off I went into the interwebs in search of a recipe to try.  The search popped up with all kinds of recipes referring to White Fence Farm. Now, if you grew up in the western suburbs of Chicagoland, you know of this place.  It’s been around since the 1920’s serving the “World’s Greatest Chicken”.  This is where our family went for all our “special” dinners.  We’d drive out to the country (Romeoville – it’s not the country anymore!) and Grandpa would host and toast to whatever milestone was happening.  When they opened a carry-out in Downers Grove (in the old Cock Robin location – oh yeah, who remembers Cock Robin?) it was bonanza time!  I haven’t been there for years, but looks like it hasn’t changed much –  White Fence Farm via Shop Romeoville

Along with that chicken, and steak and fish, they serve bowls of never ending, family style sides.  Coleslaw, pickled beets, cottage cheese (yeah, I’ve never figured that one out), and my favorites, the kidney bean salad and corn fritters.

Now I wanted some White Fence Farm!  Alas, I’m a 13 hour drive away from Romeoville/Downers Grove, so I had to try my hand at recreating my favorites.  I started with the Kidney Bean Salad. After reading over all the recipes I found, I came up with this. Bingo! Just like I remembered and had to stop myself from eating it all.  I’m sure using dry kidney beans from scratch would have resulted in a higher potassium output – but I couldn’t wait!

5 from 2 votes
Kidney Bean Salad a la White Fence Farm
Prep Time
15 mins

Servings: 4
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 half stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 slice onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. sweet pickle relish
  • Miracle Whip to coat
  1. Mix the first four ingredients together and add just enough Miracle Whip to coat the mixture.

  2. Chill overnight (or at least 4 hours) for the flavors to meld. The longer the chill time, the better the taste.


**Stay tuned for my experiments trying to recreate the White Fence Farm corn fritters!**

Happy eating!


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3 thoughts on “Kidney Bean Salad à la White Fence Farm”

  1. Thanks! My family used to go to wff for Easter…. now I get this crazy craving every Easter for fried chix, cottage cheese, corn fritters, and kidney bean salad! And even tho I live in KY now… still can’t find fried chix that good!

  2. Getting ready to prepare some Kidney Bean Salad for Easter and thought I’d see if anyone had any ideas…came upon your sight and laughed out loud. I grew up in Berwyn, Illinois and do certainly
    remember White Fence Farm and Cock Robin..sent the link to my sis and brother too so they could have a chuckle as well. At the end of the day, that’s still the best recipe for Kidney Bean Salad and is certainly the way we’ve been preparing it all these years. Thanks for the memories!
    Charlie 🙂
    Graduated Morton East in 1969

    1. Charlie, so glad you enjoyed the post! This recipe and the one for White Fence Farm Corn Fritters are definitely the most popular posts on my blog. I agree, the best recipe for Kidney Bean Salad. Have a blessed Easter!

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