Bowl of 3 bean salad.
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Potluck: 3 Bean Salad

3 Bean Salad

I needed a simple dish to bring to a potluck for moms and babies, so I opted to make this awesome 3 Bean Salad again. I cut the dressing ingredients down by half, because it makes more than enough for the amount of beans. I really like the sweetness of this salad – it mellows out the onions nicely.

Bowl of 3 bean salad.

3 Bean Salad
Adapted from CLBB gigicancook

1 can green beans
1 can wax beans
1 can kidney beans
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1/4 cup salad oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. of salt

Drain the beans and mix together with the onions and peppers. Prepare the dressing in a separate bowl or jar. Toss everything together and refrigerate, covered.

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Katy ~

    You’re right, three-bean salad is sooo good. I got addicted to it when I was toting lunches to work and wanted something more healthful, portable, and delicious. This wins on all counts for me.

    • Ashley

      Do you have any favorite 3 bean salads? Or any number of bean salads, for that matter? I’d love to try some others, too!

  • Anonymous

    It’s Lauren from the CLBB.I love your Blog!

    I want to make the bean salad for Mother’s Day. I’m hosting both sides of the family for a cookout. Do you think the recipe will work with frozen beans that are partially cooked?


    • Ashley

      Hey Lauren! I’m really not sure – I’ve never worked with frozen beans before. But there’s definitely a thread over on the CLBB that I started when I was searching for a bean salad recipe – maybe post your question in there?

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