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Three Bean Salad Recipe
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Three Bean Salad
A mayo-free salad perfect for large family gatherings and picnics. See more

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
May 01, 2008

Good recipe, but I made a few changes - cut the sugar to 1/4 cup, added a small diced green bell pepper and used olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I also used fresh green beans that I cut in small pieces and boiled 2-3 minutes, then rinsed in cold water. You can also use chick peas instead of yellow beans. Let marinate overnight and mix a few times during this time. Bon appétit!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 09, 2014

I would have named this SWEET three bean salad. The spices were good, but it was too sweet and not vinegary enough for me. Second time I reduced sugar to 1/4 C and gave an extra splash of vinegar. This helped a lot.

Jun 10, 2005

I have made this recipe several times now to raves. Yes, this is a sweet version, however, like any marinade, it's not meant to be eaten really. I serve mine with a slotted spoon, that way, you're not consuming all of this marinade with the salad, and you won't lose any flavor because the salad has been marinated. Try it, you'll like it better served this way.

Dec 19, 2003

Don't forget the garbanzo beans for a great 4 bean salad!!

May 09, 2006

Just the way I remember three-bean salad! I made this for my British husband who had never heard of this classic American salad, and he LOVED it! I added more salt and pepper and substituted garbanzo beans for the wax beans. Yum! Perfect for bringing on our camping trip. Thanks Eleanor!

Oct 25, 2005

It was a good basic recipe, although I made slight changes. I only used 1/2 cup of sugar and it was plenty sweet. Also used butter beans and garbanzo beans in place of kidney beans and it turned out great.

Oct 28, 2008

Become one of my staples for summer picnics since it is a great salad with no mayo. I usually only use 1/3 cup of sugar

Oct 03, 2003

Good recipe, but too sweet for our tastes. I just cut the sugar in half the second time I made it and it was perfect. Thanks!!


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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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