3 Bean Salad

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This 3 bean salad recipe is a light and flavorful side dish that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. In this recipe, three types of beans are mixed with herbs and spices and tossed in a delicious homemade dressing!

3 Bean Salad in a bowl garnished with parsley

This three bean salad recipe is a delicious combination of bold and fresh flavors and textures.

Three types of beans are combined with herbs and spices then tossed in a light and slightly sweet dressing. It only takes 10 minutes to make this 3 bean salad, and it’s easy to prepare in advance for a BBQ, potluck etc.

Serve bean as a refreshing side dish with your favorite dinner recipes like hamburgers, grilled BBQ chicken. etc.!

three bean salad in a bowl with a spoon

Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead photo of the labeled ingredients in this 3 Bean Salad recipe
  • Beans. this recipe uses a combination of Cannellini, garbanzo and kidney beans. You can substitute your favorite beans like great northern, or green beans.
  • Red onion. green, white or yellow onions are good substitutes for red.
  • Minced garlic. freshly minced or jarred are both good choices.
  • Olive oil. avocado oil or canola oil are good substitutes.
  • Honey. granulated sugar can be used in place of honey.
3 Bean Salad in a bowl with a spoon

How to Make Bean Salad

Let’s walk through this recipe together, and don’t forget to watch the video.

Begin by making the dressing – whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl.

two photos showing how to make the dressing for this three bean salad recipe

Then, in a large bowl (preferably one with a lid), combine the beans, onion, minced garlic, parsley and celery.

3 Bean Salad ingredients in a bowl before mixing

Next, pour the dressing over the bean mixture

two photos showing adding the dressing to the three bean salad recipe

Stir until the dressing is evenly distributed.

3 Bean Salad after being stirred in a bowl with a spoon

Cover the bean salad and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving, and up to overnight.

a glass container with a lid with 3 Bean Salad inside to be chilled in the refrigerator

Serve

Transfer the 3 bean salad to a serving bowl and garnish with extra parsley. Serve cold with your favorite main dish and BBQ recipes:

3 Bean Salad in a bowl

Store

Store leftover three bean salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

up close photo of three bean salad in a bowl with a spoon

Bean Salad Recipe FAQS

How long can you keep three bean salad in the refrigerator?

3 to 5 days.

What to serve with 3 bean salad?

Here are some serving suggestions:
Homemade hamburgers
Chicken Kebabs
Grilled BBQ chicken or Greek Chicken
Coleslaw
Broccoli Salad
Potato Salad

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can double or triple this recipe to serve a large crowd.

3 Bean Salad on a plate with a fork

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Three Bean Salad Recipe

Laura
This 3 bean salad recipe is a light and flavorful side dish that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. In this recipe, three types of beans are mixed with herbs and spices and tossed in a delicious homemade dressing!
5 from 3 votes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 18 servings
Calories 125
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 15 oz Cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery finely diced (heaping ½ cup)

Dressing

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.
  • In a large bowl (preferably one with a lid), combine beans, onion, minced garlic, parsley and celery.
  • Pour the dressing over the bean mixture and stir to combine.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Transfer the bean salad to a serving bowl. Garnish with extra parsley.
  • Serve cold.

Notes

Ingredient Substitution Notes
  • Beans. this recipe uses a combination of Cannellini, garbanzo and kidney beans. You can substitute your favorite beans like great northern, or green beans.
  • Red onion. green, white or yellow onions are good substitutes for red.
  • Minced garlic. freshly minced or jarred are both good choices.
  • Olive oil. avocado oil or canola oil are good substitutes.
  • Honey. granulated sugar can be used in place of honey.
Store
Store leftover three bean salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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