Classic Three Bean Salad

Classic Three Bean Salad

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Three Bean Salad is a classic side dish for any summer potluck, picnic, or barbecue. This easy-to-make and tasty side is always easy to make and is even better when made ahead.

three bean salad

Three Bean Salad

Simple flavors with a tangy dressing make this recipe for Three Bean Salad a favorite at any get-together. I love potluck recipes that bring back happy memories and nostalgia. This side dish is one of those classic comfort food recipes that I love to serve to my family and friends.

What I Love about this Recipe for Three Bean Salad

  • It’s even better the next day, so making ahead to save time is a great idea
  • This recipe is a classic side
  • Easy to make
  • Made all in one bowl – so fewer dishes to clean up

three bean salad recipe

FAQ’s

Make-Ahead and Storage:

Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to three days in advance. The vinegar helps preserve the vegetables in this recipe, making it a great side dish to make ahead for your party or the holidays.

Storing: Store this recipe for bean salad covered in the refrigerator for 3-5 days

Serving: Serve cold

Can you Freeze Three Bean salads?

Yes, you can freeze bean salad for up to 3 months.

Defrosting three bean salad: thaw this salad overnight in the refrigerator. Do not heat up

What is a Classic Three Bean Salad?

Three bean salads, even the classic old-fashioned recipes have different variations, but most of them have 3 different types of beans and a sweet vinegar dressing

The most common and classic three-bean salad is made from kidney beans, yellow wax beans, and green beans

What Goes well with Three Bean Salad?

  • pasta salad
  • potato salad
  • corn on the cob
  • coleslaw
  • hot dogs
  • hamburgers
  • grilled steak
  • cold shrimp salad

What are Add-Ins and Variations for Three Bean Salad?

  • beans that go well with this salad are garbanzo beans and pinto beans
  • black-eyed peas are similar to a bean and would go well in this salad
  • Vidalia onions, red onions, or green onions are all great choices for this recipe
  • apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, or white vinegar are all great ideas for vinegar
  • add other vegetables like fresh tomatoes, and red bell pepper
  • garnish with herbs like cilantro or parsley

classic three bean salad

Tips and Tricks:

  • make this salad at least a day ahead of time and store covered in the refrigerator
  • this salad tastes better the next day as the flavor of the dressing has time to really marinate the vegetables
  • serve this salad cold
  • use a slotted spoon for serving as there will be a lot of dressing

What goes into a Three Bean Salad?

Ingredients:

  • canned green beans – drained
  • yellow wax beans in a can – drained
  • canned kidney beans – drained
  • green bell pepper
  • onion – I like the sweetness of a Vidalia onion
  • granulated sugar
  • oil – oil of any kind like corn oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, and more
  • ground black pepper
  • vinegar – I used white vinegar but apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar would also be delicious
  • salt – regular old table salt

How do you make Classic Three Bean Salad?

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl make the salad dressing from the sugar, oil, salt, pepper, and vinegar
  • whisk well
  • fold in beans and vegetables
  • cover and let refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight
  • serve with a slotted spoon

More Side Salads to Make 

German Potato Salad 

Ramen Noodle Salad 

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Classic Three Bean Salad


  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 56 minute
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x

Description

A classic vegetable side dish that is perfect for any potluck


Ingredients

Units Scale

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of oil – vegetable or canola
  • 1 tsp. of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar

Other

  • 1 (15 oz.) can of cut green beans – drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of yellow wax beans – drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of kidney beans – drained and rinsed (either light or dark works fine)
  • 1 green bell pepper – chopped
  • 1 onion chopped or sliced – (a sweet Vidalia onion tastes great)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl whisk the ingredients for the salad dressing
  • fold in the beans and vegetables – coat well
  • cover and refrigerate for 3 hours to overnight
  • serve cold

Notes

Make-Ahead and Storage:

Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to three days in advance. The vinegar helps preserve the vegetables in this recipe, making it a great side dish to make ahead for your party or the holidays.

Storing: Store this recipe for bean salad covered in the refrigerator for 3-5 days

Serving: Serve cold

Can you Freeze Three Bean salads?

Yes, you can freeze bean salad for up to 3 months.

Defrosting three bean salad: thaw this salad overnight in the refrigerator. Do not heat up

What is a Classic Three Bean Salad?

Three bean salads, even the classic old-fashioned recipes have different variations, but most of them have 3 different types of beans and a sweet vinegar dressing

The most common and classic three-bean salad is made from kidney beans, yellow wax beans, and green beans

What Goes well with Three Bean Salad?

  • pasta salad
  • potato salad
  • corn on the cob
  • coleslaw
  • hot dogs
  • hamburgers
  • grilled steak
  • cold shrimp salad

What are Add-Ins and Variations for Three Bean Salad?

  • beans that go well with this salad are garbanzo beans and pinto beans
  • black-eyed peas are similar to a bean and would go well in this salad
  • Vidalia onions, red onions, or green onions are all great choices for this recipe
  • apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, or white vinegar are all great ideas for vinegar
  • add other vegetables like fresh tomatoes, and red bell pepper
  • garnish with herbs like cilantro or parsley
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: none

 

 

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