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Easy Bean Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 10 mins

Easy Bean Salad

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"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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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the black beans, garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, water chestnuts, salsa, and dressing. Season with garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Cover, and chill until serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 04, 2003

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 04, 2007

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!


20 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

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.

Dec 04, 2003

Great and tasty recipe. Substitue an Italian dressing in liew of the French. Interesting and tasty!

Dec 04, 2003

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.

Aug 31, 2005

Great recipe. I didn't have any French dressing so I used Honey Dijon instead and it turned out great.

Sep 25, 2003

Really quick. Taste will vary considerably by the type of salsa that you use.

May 15, 2009

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.


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  • Calories
  • 106 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 5.2 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 4.8 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 434 mg
  • 17%

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

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