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Bean Salad

When I was young, my mom often made bean salad, and I have to admit that I wasn't a fan when I was younger there for never made it for my family. However several years ago we were visiting friends and she served a bean salad.  My tastes had changed and I really liked it, surprisingly my kids really enjoyed it and ask me to make it. I especially like to make it in the summer for picnics and barbecues.
It is simple and can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for several days. The longer is sits the more flavorful it gets.

You need:
  • 3 cans of beans, any variety, these are a few suggestions - Kidney Beans red or white, Lima Beans, Black Beans,Romano Beans, Chick or Garbanzo Beans, the choice is yours.
  • 2 cups of frozen green beans
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 green or red pepper chopped, I used orange and yellow because that is what I had on hand
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard and thyme (optional)
  1. Rinse the beans under cold water to rinse off all the starch.
  2. Combine the remaining vegetables.
  3. Mix together all the dressing ingredients, I prefer the dressing with just the oil vinegar and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  4. Pour over the bean mixture and refrigerate overnight, the frozen beans thaw completely and have a nice texture.


  1. That looks and sounds delicious! I think I might make some for dinner tonight.

  2. I love bean salads, this recipe reminds me of the one that my MIL made.

  3. I just came to MGCC this week to see if you had a basic bean salad reipe and couldn't find one! Today you post one - too funny! It is similar to the one I used but will have to try this. I make the texas caviar from this site and it is sooo yummy!! I always get asked for that recipe when I bring it somewhere. I do add a clove of garlic and use a bit less oil and add fresh lime juice instead. Thanks to you all for the great recipes!

  4. Sounds good Charlotte. I'm so glad my tastes have grown up :0)

  5. Mmmm, bean salad. I love them! My mom makes one similiar to this. My sister and I, from young on, would swap the onions and green peppers, I'd take her onions and she'd take my peppers. What are sisters for? :)

  6. We ALWAYS had 3 bean salad at summer potlucks or cookouts growing up, and it's still one of my favorites! We use red kidney beans, green beans, and garbanzo beans. We also use red onion, but no bell pepper, and garlic and no thyme. A bit different taste but it's still my favorite cookout side dish. And the longer it sits the better it gets!

  7. Just finished making this bean salad...looks great & already tastes good! It's for a picnic on Monday, so I will have to try hard to stay out of it! Thank you for the recipe!

  8. A friend brought this to a pot luck supper. It was delicious and I normally don't like many of the ingredients, as you can see I'm here for the recipe.


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