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A delicious concoction of beans in a flavorful dressing, Three Bean Salad is the perfect side dish for any dinner! It’s super easy to whip up and has incredible flavor in every bite.

This Three Bean Salad is an easy and flavorful salad that you’ll love to bring to all your potlucks this summer. A few more recipes to try include Greek Orzo Salad, Black Bean Corn Salad, and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad! They’re cool and refreshing, but packed with an amazingly savory flavor!

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Three Bean Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for a delicious, high-protein salad to bring to all your summer gatherings, look no further! This quick and easy salad uses 3 different types of beans – green, kidney, and chickpeas, all tossed in a delicious, flavorful dressing. I also add chopped red onions for crunch and a touch of flavor! It will fly off the table at the next potluck.

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The delicious texture of this salad goes well with almost any main dish! The crispy and tangy flavor is a great contrast to meat dishes like this Honey Grilled Chicken Barbecue! As simple as this three bean salad is, it’s so filling and delicious! It’s always a favorite in our house! You’ll love the tangy dressing combined with soft beans and crispy red onions!

Ingredients you need to make it

The best part about this delicious salad is the fact that you only need a handful of staples to throw it together! The combination of these flavors is absolutely irresistible. You can find the 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 a spicy, delicious flavor and the perfect crunch!
  • Vinegar: This recipe uses a mixture of white wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar! The combination is sparkling and slightly fruity.
  • sugar: This helps balance the acidity of the vinegar.
  • olive oil: Helps coat the beans with all the delicious flavors.
  • salt and pepper: Add both to taste!

How to make a classic three bean salad

Preparing this Three Bean Salad is as easy as it gets! It mixes in minutes and is great for progressing. I really recommend it as it gives the flavors more time to blend!

  1. Prepare beans and onion: Place the beans in a colander and rinse under cold water. Pour into a large bowl and add the red onion.
  2. Mix dressing ingredients: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and olive oil.
  3. Combine: Pour into bowl and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
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Tips and Variations

Here are a few additional ways to customize this delicious salad! It’s so good you’ll want to take it to every summer party.

  • Change dressing: A fun way to customize your salad is to use different homemade dressings! Next, try this Lemon Vinaigrette or Greek Dressing!
  • Add to Herbs: Fresh herbs are the best way to add delicious flavor to your salad! Try adding a sprinkling of Italian seasoning or chopped basil or mint!
  • Use other vegetables: If you find the flavor of red onions too overwhelming, try using chopped celery or red bell peppers instead!

Storing the leftover three-bean salad

This easy three-bean salad is great for storing as well as making ahead! It’s perfect for a quick and easy snack or as a side to dinner. The best thing about this salad? The longer it is stored, the more intense and delicious the flavors become!

Close-up of classic 3 bean salad.


  • Place the beans in a colander and rinse under cold water. Pour into a large bowl and add the red onion.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and olive oil. Pour into bowl and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and serve.



serves: 4

calories375kcal (19%)carbohydrates56G (19%)protein18G (36%)Fat10G (fifteen%)Saturated Fatty Acids1G (5%)Polyunsaturated fat2GMonounsaturated fatty acids6Gsodium327mg (14%)potassium893mg (26%)fiber17G (68%)sugar11G (12%)Vitamin A800ie (16%)vitamin C16mg (19%)calcium118mg (12%)iron6mg (33%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary per household based on the brands you use, measurement methods, and serving sizes.

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