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A delicious blend of beans tossed in a tangy dressing, three bean salad is the perfect side to any dinner! It’s super easy to whip up and has incredible flavor in each bite.

This three bean salad is an easy and flavorful salad you’ll love bringing to all of your potlucks this summer. A few more recipes to try out are Greek orzo salad, black bean and corn salad, and Mediterranean quinoa salad! They’re cool and refreshing but packed with amazing savory flavor!

Top-down view of 3 bean salad in a white speckled bowl.

Three Bean Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for a tasty, protein-packed salad to bring to all of your summer get-togethers, look no further! This quick and easy salad uses 3 different types of beans- green, kidney, and garbanzo, all tossed in a delicious, tangy dressing. I add in chopped red onions too for crunch and a pop of flavor! It’s going to fly off the table at your next potluck.

The delicious texture of this salad works with just about any entrée! The crunch and tangy flavor is a great contrast to meat dishes like this grilled honey barbecue chicken! As simple as this three bean salad is, it is so satisfying and delicious! It’s always a favorite at our house! You’re going to love the tangy dressing combined with soft beans and crunchy red onions!

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make It

The best part about this delicious salad is the fact that you only need a handful of pantry staples to throw it together! The combination of these flavors is absolutely irresistible. You can find measurements for each ingredient listed in the recipe card below.

  • Canned Beans: I used a mix of green beans, dark kidney beans, and garbanzo beans. You can also swap these out for black, pinto, or wax beans.
  • Red Onion: Adds sharp, delicious flavor and the perfect crunch!
  • Vinegar: This recipe uses a blend of white wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar! The combination is tangy and slightly fruity.
  • Sugar: This helps to balance out the acidity of the vinegar.
  • Olive Oil: Helps coat the beans in all of the delicious flavors.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add both to taste!

How to Make Classic Three Bean Salad

Making this three bean salad is as easy as it gets! It mixes up in minutes and is great for making ahead. I actually recommend it because this way, the flavors have more time to meld!

  1. Prepare Beans and Onion: In a colander, add the beans and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and add the red onion.
  2. Mix Dressing Ingredients: In a small bowl whisk the vinegar, sugar, and olive oil.
  3. Combine: Add to the bowl and toss until coated. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.
2-photo collage of salad being prepared.

Tips and Variations

Here are a few extra ways to customize this delicious salad! It’s so good, you’re going to want to bring it to every summer party.

  • Swap Out Dressing: A fun way to customize your salad is to use different homemade dressings! Try this lemon vinaigrette or Greek dressing next!
  • Add Herbs: Fresh herbs are the best way to add a delicious pop of flavor to your salad! Try adding a dash of Italian seasoning or chopped basil, or mint!
  • Use Other Veggies: If you find the flavor of red onion to be overpowering, try using chopped celery or red bell peppers instead!

Storing Leftover Three Bean Salad

This simple three bean salad is great for both storing and making ahead! It’s the perfect thing to have on hand for a quick and easy snack or dinner side. The best part about this salad? The longer it’s stored, the more infused and delicious the flavors become!

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Three Bean Salad

5 from 5 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
A delicious blend of beans tossed in a tangy dressing, three bean salad is the perfect side to any dinner! It's super easy to whip up and has incredible flavor in each bite.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a colander, add the beans and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and add the red onion.
  • In a small bowl whisk the vinegar, sugar, and olive oil. Add to the bowl and toss until coated. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 18gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 327mgPotassium: 893mgFiber: 17gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 800IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I added a can of wax beans to the three listed & doubled the dressing, perfect! I love having this to add to the side of my green salad with cottage cheese for dinner, reminds me of trips to restaurant salad bar!

  2. 5 stars
    I tried it and my family loves it
    When my children come home they always asking me to make it
    So thanks for the help

  3. 5 stars
    Really simple but flavorful recipe – I took it to a potluck and it got devoured. I made a double batch and appreciated being able to select 2X to get the correct amounts. I subbed out 1/2 cup of minced garlic instead of onion (since raw onion doesn’t agree with me) and it worked well. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. I did have to add at least a tsp each of sea salt and fresh ground pepper to bring out the flavors. I love that it is vegan and will make this again and again!

  4. 5 stars
    great classic, another one of those that I’d missed without realizing it until I saw this recipe, so thank you for the reminder and recipe