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Original 3 Bean Salad

Classic Three Bean Salad Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Lynn
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x


This Classic Three Bean Salad is a delicious salad perfect for parties and picnics, and features a combination of kidney beans, green beans, and wax beans, in a tangy dressing.


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For the Salad:

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of green beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of yellow wax beans, drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can of red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced or thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced or thinly sliced

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup neutral flavored oil (avocado oil, light olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar (or zero-calorie sweetener of your choice) *see notes below
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard (may substitute prepared mustard)


Toss the salad ingredients together.

  1. Prepare the dressing by whisking together the dressing ingredients.
  2. Keep 1/4 cup of the dressing aside and store in the refrigerator.
  3. Toss the salad mixture with the remaining dressing and refrigerate until ready to serve. If time allows, marinate the salad in the fridge for at least 4 hours, and up to overnight.
  4. Just before serving, toss the bean salad with the reserved dressing.


This is a vintage recipe that calls for quite a bit of sugar. If you are watching your sugar intake, you can replace the sugar with the non-caloric sweetener of your choice. If you do this, however, please add the sweetener to your taste because alternative sweeteners are often many times sweeter than real sugar.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: summer salad, bean salad