Rating: 4.3 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

An easy, delicious cold bean salad. A big hit at barbeques and football parties! Use any 3-bean combination. Red beans are also really nice in this salad!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, toss together the black beans, garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, water chestnuts, salsa, and dressing. Season with garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Cover, and chill until serving.

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Nutrition Facts

106 calories; protein 4.8g; carbohydrates 20g; fat 0.7g; sodium 401.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2003
A great explosion of flavor combination. This is an excellent bean salad. I used kidney beans green beans and garbanzo beans. I added slivered almonds as another reviewer recommended. Using "medium" salsa (a nice level of "hot") provided the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness of the no-fat French dressing. I will repeat this recipe many times down the road. I'm always looking for good side dishes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/04/2007
Yet another recipe that seem to bring the guys around during sports seasons! Quick cheap and easy to make although I end up substituting serving the French dressing for Italian and put the salsa on the side. The amount of beans called for makes loads of salad and it tastes even better the next day once all of the beans have marinated! Read More
(4)
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2003
A great explosion of flavor combination. This is an excellent bean salad. I used kidney beans green beans and garbanzo beans. I added slivered almonds as another reviewer recommended. Using "medium" salsa (a nice level of "hot") provided the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness of the no-fat French dressing. I will repeat this recipe many times down the road. I'm always looking for good side dishes. Read More
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Since this recipe invited you to try different beans I made a typical 3 bean salad with kidney wax green and garbanzo beans. I added a little onion and left out the water chestnuts. The unusual dressing was really the thing that was supposed to give the typical bean salad a lift over the vinegar oil and sugar type. I wasn t impressed. It just tasted like French dressing with some salsa mixed in it and not something unique unto itself. I did try some sliced almonds. Maybe mine were old but If I do make this again I would totally leave the almonds out did nothing for it. It may be better the second day too. Good starter idea to use salad dressing on the beans though maybe I ll try Ranch with the salsa next time. Read More
(24)
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2003
Great and tasty recipe. Substitue an Italian dressing in liew of the French. Interesting and tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2003
I made some variations on this salad such as adding more beans using a tomato sauce instead of and/or in addition to salsa. Adding some slivered almonds makes it crunchy and even more nutritious! I also found that adding mushrooms or other finely-chopped veggies spices it up a bit too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2005
Great recipe. I didn't have any French dressing so I used Honey Dijon instead and it turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2003
Really quick. Taste will vary considerably by the type of salsa that you use. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2009
I have made this recipe many times - it is SO easy and always a crowd pleaser. I've tried all sorts of different salad dressings depending on what I have around and they all work and add some variety. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2006
Mmmm...healthy AND yummy. I just made this for a huge bbq get together. Most of the little kids even seemed to like it. I used black beans kidney beans chickpeas and decided to add a can of corn to make it look more appealing to the masses. I will definitely use this as a quick & easy standby for potluck bbq type gatherings! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/04/2007
Yet another recipe that seem to bring the guys around during sports seasons! Quick cheap and easy to make although I end up substituting serving the French dressing for Italian and put the salsa on the side. The amount of beans called for makes loads of salad and it tastes even better the next day once all of the beans have marinated! Read More
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