This salad recipe is great for summer picnics. It's delicious, quick, and easy to make. You can substitute the variety of beans in this recipe with other types and still have a great bean salad. I sometimes use cannellini beans in place of the green beans and it still tastes great!

Kara

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine onion, celery, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and green beans in a mixing bowl. Add olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, celery seed, and black pepper to bean mixture; gently stir to coat. Cover bowl and chill completely 2 to 4 hours.

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Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 19.6g 6% DV; fat 11.4g 18% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 366.7mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2012
I love this is the summer or for a pot luck. I do vary it a bit. I add yellow wax beans and use a red onion and green pepper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2012
The celery is a good addition to Three Bean Salad. Hubby is our Bean Salad expert around here and he said these were too oily for him & needed more sugar and vinegar. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2012
I love this is the summer or for a pot luck. I do vary it a bit. I add yellow wax beans and use a red onion and green pepper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2014
This is almost the same three bean salad my mom used to make except she used wax beans green beans and kidney beans. Also she added 1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce. Even as a kid I loved that bean salad.. I think it was the dressing that made it so good. Now I make it myself... hmm must be missing something because it never tastes as good as Mom's. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2012
The celery is a good addition to Three Bean Salad. Hubby is our Bean Salad expert around here and he said these were too oily for him & needed more sugar and vinegar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2012
Made & let sit as recommended but this would've been a 5 if I'd let sit over night. I had a little leftover & having it the next day was so much better with the flavor mixing. Next time I'll make a day ahead of when I want it. Also we don't care for garbanzo beans so used yellow wax beans instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2014
I doubled the sauce and added cucumber and carrots. Everyone loves it. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2014
Jan. 20 2014. We all love this recipe in my house! Except I used a smaller amount of onion FINELY chopped. I have also used red onion. I have since mixed & matched up a variety of beans. -Rikita Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2013
Thought this was absolutely wonderful. Cut down on the onion though and diced them really really small no one in my house likes raw onions. Made this recipe for easter and it was a big hit with the baked ham! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2014
Loved this recipe! Substituted kidney beans for black beans though. Taste is great and everyone loved it! Perfect for summer. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2016
We aren't a big fan of sweetness in a bean salad in our house so I cut the sugar to one tablespoon. I might cut it out altogether next time. It would have been tastier with more salt but I know I really shouldn't add more for a healthful recipe so I'll be checking out other possibilities for seasonings to give it a bit more zip. I did like the addition of celery and find the combination of garbanzo kidney and green beans to be my preferred combination in a bean salad. I like making my bean salads a day ahead and placing them in a plastic canister with a tight-fitting lid so it is easy to invert the canister and re-distribute the dressing every time I go in the refrigerator. It makes for a tastier salad without needing to marinate it in excessive amounts of dressing. Read More
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