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Cold Green Bean Salad Recipe

Cold Green Bean Salad

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"This is so simple the prep time is next to nothing. My mother served this with rare roast beef sandwiches on Sunday nights."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Place beans in a serving dish. Toss with onions and salad dressing. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 27, 2007

I like to make 3 Bean Salad often in the Summer, picnic, months. I made this salad one day when I didn't have the wax beans and kidney beans. It really is very simple. While very tasty I think I still like the 3 bean look of the salad being more complex and fancy. Anyway, instead of using Italian dressing, which is fine in a pinch I'm sure,it's a little too tangy and I like it a little sweeter. I used a 3 bean dressing, 3/4 cup white sugar 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery seed Still very easy and fast. Of course, better affter a long marinate.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 20, 2011

Changed the servings to 24 for a party--then accidentally got French cut green beans--6 cans of beans only required 1 bottle(16oz) of Italian dressing--Holy cow! Any more would have been pucker-mouth city! And, no chance on three full onions--I only added 1/4 of one!! Cannot imagine eating this at its full ingredients amounts!!

Jul 21, 2003

I used this for a camping meal for 100 people. Drain the canned beans really well, I put the cans of beans open end down in the sink while slicing the onions. We also let it marinate overnight, sweet... too easy. Thanks Dale for such a great recipe.

Aug 29, 2002

I must admit, I was totally skeptical of such a simple recipe that didn't seem to make any sense. I made it for our recent office St Pat's party and it was a hit! This is a great summer salad that is light and refreshing. I only used around 10oz of dressing though and my beans were swimming! Great recipe. Try it out!

Mar 31, 2009

Rinse cans of green beans, always. It really makes a better difference in the taste! Takes the can taste out.

Feb 23, 2005

So simple, quick and GOOD!! My oh-so-picky boyfriend had 3 helpings! I did only use half a bottle of dressing, it seemed like plenty. Will definitely make again and again and again!!!

Apr 20, 2009

You'll like it even better if you add: - 1 tablespoon of sugar to the Italian dressing, and - 1 can of sliced water chestnuts. The additions turn it into a 5-star recipe, in my opinion. I also make it with a can each of green and wax beans for a little more interest. Yummy!

Jun 25, 2008

It was a bit hit at the family reunion. I used a can of regular green bean and a can of wax beans for a bit more color. I also substituted Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing.


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  • Calories
  • 184 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 15.7 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 1213 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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