Recipe by Kathi S.
"An easy, delicious cold bean salad. A big hit at barbeques and football parties! Use any 3-bean combination. Red beans are also really nice in this salad!"
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1 (15 ounce) can
black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can
garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can
cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8 ounce) can
water chestnuts, drained and chopped
fat free French dressing
salt and pepper to taste
A great explosion of flavor combination. This is an excellent bean salad. I used kidney beans, green beans and garbanzo beans. I added slivered almonds, as another reviewer recommended. Using "medium" salsa (a nice level of "hot") provided the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness of the no-fat French dressing. I will repeat this recipe many times down the road. I'm always looking for good side dishes.
Yet another recipe that seem to bring the guys around during sports seasons! Quick, cheap, and easy to make, although I end up substituting serving the French dressing for Italian and put the salsa on the side. The amount of beans called for makes loads of salad, and it tastes even better the next day once all of the beans have marinated!
Great and tasty recipe. Substitue an
Italian dressing in liew of the French.
Interesting and tasty!
Since this recipe invited you to try different beans I made a typical 3 bean salad with kidney, wax, green and garbanzo beans. I added a little onion and left out the water chestnuts. The unusual dressing was really the thing that was supposed to give the typical bean salad a lift over the vinegar, oil and sugar type. I wasn’t impressed. It just tasted like French dressing with some salsa mixed in it and not something unique unto itself. I did try some sliced almonds. Maybe mine were old but If I do make this again I would totally leave the almonds out, did nothing for it. It may be better the second day too. Good starter idea to use salad dressing on the beans though, maybe I’ll try Ranch with the salsa next time.
I made some variations on this salad, such as adding more beans, using a tomato sauce instead of and/or in addition to salsa. Adding some slivered almonds makes it crunchy and even more nutritious! I also found that adding mushrooms or other finely-chopped veggies spices it up a bit too.
Great recipe. I didn't have any French dressing so I used Honey Dijon instead and it turned out great.
Really quick. Taste will vary considerably by the type of salsa that you use.
I have made this recipe many times - it is SO easy and always a crowd pleaser. I've tried all sorts of different salad dressings depending on what I have around, and they all work and add some variety.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Easy Bean Salad
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 6
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