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Three Bean Salad


735 min

Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad Photo 1




735 min


16 persons




4.00 rating-star (298)


Author: Victoria Bailey
This tasty three bean salad is great for buffets, summer picnics, and cookouts. It's easy to make but tastes best when chilled for at least 12 hours. It keeps well and serves a lot of people.


  • (15 ounce) can green beans: 1 can
  • wax beans: 1 pound
  • (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed: 1 can
  • onion, sliced into thin rings: 1 piece
  • white sugar, or to taste: 0.75 cup
  • distilled white vinegar: 0.66667 cup
  • vegetable oil: 0.33333 cup
  • salt: 0.5 tsp
  • ground black pepper: 0.5 tsp
  • celery seed: 0.5 tsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Mix together green beans, wax beans, kidney beans, onion, sugar, vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Chill in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
    Three Bean Salad Photo 2

History of the Three Bean Salad:

The three bean salad has been a popular side dish in America for decades. It first became popular during the mid-20th century when canned beans were readily available and affordable. This classic salad typically combines green beans, wax beans, and kidney beans with a sweet and tangy dressing. The addition of onions and herbs adds flavor and texture to the dish.

Tips and Tricks for Three Bean Salad Recipe:

  1. Drain and rinse your canned beans before using them in the recipe to remove any excess salt or preservatives.
  2. For added crunch and flavor, try adding chopped celery or bell peppers.
  3. Adjust the sweetness and acidity of the dressing to your liking by adding more or less sugar and vinegar.
  4. Make the salad ahead of time and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours to allow the flavors to meld together.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  1. Serve the three bean salad in a large glass bowl to show off the colorful beans and dressing.
  2. Garnish the salad with chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro, for added flavor and visual appeal.
  3. Offer the salad alongside grilled meats or other summer favorites for a complete meal.

How to Serve Three Bean Salad

This three bean salad recipe serves 16, so it's the perfect potluck recipe to feed a crowd. It's delicious served alongside crowd-pleasing entrees such as pulled pork or burgers.

How to Store Three Bean Salad

Store three bean salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to five days. There's no need to reheat, as this dish is served cold.

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