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Rating: 4.04 stars
53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2

This is so simple the prep time is next to nothing. My mother served this with rare roast beef sandwiches on Sunday nights.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place beans in a serving dish. Toss with onions and salad dressing. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.

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Nutrition Facts

184 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 10.6g; fat 15.7g; sodium 1212.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (44)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2007
I like to make 3 Bean Salad often in the Summer, picnic, months. I made this salad one day when I didn't have the wax beans and kidney beans. It really is very simple. While very tasty I think I still like the 3 bean look of the salad being more complex and fancy. Anyway, instead of using Italian dressing, which is fine in a pinch I'm sure,it's a little too tangy and I like it a little sweeter. I used a 3 bean dressing, 3/4 cup white sugar 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery seed Still very easy and fast. Of course, better affter a long marinate. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2011
Changed the servings to 24 for a party--then accidentally got French cut green beans--6 cans of beans only required 1 bottle(16oz) of Italian dressing--Holy cow! Any more would have been pucker-mouth city! And no chance on three full onions--I only added 1/4 of one!! Cannot imagine eating this at its full ingredients amounts!! Read More
(5)
53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2007
I like to make 3 Bean Salad often in the Summer, picnic, months. I made this salad one day when I didn't have the wax beans and kidney beans. It really is very simple. While very tasty I think I still like the 3 bean look of the salad being more complex and fancy. Anyway, instead of using Italian dressing, which is fine in a pinch I'm sure,it's a little too tangy and I like it a little sweeter. I used a 3 bean dressing, 3/4 cup white sugar 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery seed Still very easy and fast. Of course, better affter a long marinate. Read More
(77)
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2003
I used this for a camping meal for 100 people. Drain the canned beans really well, I put the cans of beans open end down in the sink while slicing the onions. We also let it marinate overnight, sweet... too easy. Thanks Dale for such a great recipe. Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
I must admit I was totally skeptical of such a simple recipe that didn't seem to make any sense. I made it for our recent office St Pat's party and it was a hit! This is a great summer salad that is light and refreshing. I only used around 10oz of dressing though and my beans were swimming! Great recipe. Try it out! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2009
Rinse cans of green beans always. It really makes a better difference in the taste! Takes the can taste out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2005
So simple quick and GOOD!! My oh-so-picky boyfriend had 3 helpings! I did only use half a bottle of dressing it seemed like plenty. Will definitely make again and again and again!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2009
You'll like it even better if you add: - 1 tablespoon of sugar to the Italian dressing and - 1 can of sliced water chestnuts. The additions turn it into a 5-star recipe in my opinion. I also make it with a can each of green and wax beans for a little more interest. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2008
It was a bit hit at the family reunion. I used a can of regular green bean and a can of wax beans for a bit more color. I also substituted Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2002
I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and it was a big success. It tasted fantastic and was so easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2003
I LOVE this salad. I even make this just to take for lunch. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2011
Changed the servings to 24 for a party--then accidentally got French cut green beans--6 cans of beans only required 1 bottle(16oz) of Italian dressing--Holy cow! Any more would have been pucker-mouth city! And no chance on three full onions--I only added 1/4 of one!! Cannot imagine eating this at its full ingredients amounts!! Read More
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