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Three Bean Salad Recipe

Three Bean Salad

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"We like a buffet with all the family here. We serve a variety of salads. This is also great for summer picnics and cookouts. Keeps well, and serves a lot of people."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings


  1. Mix together green beans, wax beans, kidney beans, onion, sugar, vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Let set in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 19, 2005

Very tasty, I used splenda instead of sugar, making it diabetic friendly. I also added 1 can whole kernal corn (drained) 1 can peas, (drained). I choped my onion instead of in rings. I increased the amounts of oil, splenda and vinegar because of adding the extra canned vegetables. We love this salad, goes great with the slow cooker roast beef recipe I have posted here on Thanks for the great recipe. One other time I made it, I added chopped celery AND a small jar of pimento's. Really colorful.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 04, 2011

I wasn't fond of this salad. Took it to a Christmas potluck. Maybe just too many other wonderful food items but this one wasn't a hit and I'll never make this version again.

Mar 03, 2007

I like this recipe with less sugar. and one of the things I like to add is a can of chick peas, and I always use purple onions.

Nov 25, 2008

This is wonderful. I was always looking for a three bean salad recipe with a specific taste and this was it! Other ones leave a vinegar-y taste in your mouth..NOT THIS ONE! **I only used a half a cup of sugar and it was perfect ***UPDATE*** I made a HUGE batch of this for my outdoor wedding and there was none left over. I also bring it to any party where I'm asked to bring a side dish because it seems like everyone loves it **Although it said to refrigerate 12 hours my sister came over about 4 hours after I put it in the fridge. We both ate some (it was still watery of course because I didn't let it sit long) but I strained it and we both agreed it was GOOOOOD **I will bring this salad to EVERY cookout I go to. It was SO easy to put together and the results are comparable to a restaurant! o.k I'll stop now...I just can't say enough!

Jun 05, 2003

A good basic bean salad recipe, but way too heavy on the sugar for my taste. I cut the sugar by a 1/4 cup and it was still a bit too sweet.

Jun 05, 2003

This salad is one of my families favorites!! I use red wine vinegar instead of reg. It's better the longer you wait to eat it, if you can wait!!

Aug 07, 2007

I make this with garbanzo beans added using my grandmother's recipe. This looks about the same, however, I use chopped fresh celery instead of the celery seed and chopped green peppers in it, too. (chopped small) This is something my grandma has taken to every family reunion since I can remember.

May 04, 2003

This is a great recipe for three bean salad! Per the recommendation of other reviewers I reduced the amount of sugar, but next time I will use the full amount. I like the salad on the sweet side.


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  • Calories
  • 111 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.9 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.7 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 299 mg
  • 12%

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

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