We like a buffet with all the family here. We serve a variety of salads. This is also great for summer picnics and cookouts. Keeps well, and serves a lot of people.

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Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix together green beans, wax beans, kidney beans, onion, sugar, vinegar, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Let set in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

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Nutrition Facts

112 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 15.9g; fat 4.7g; sodium 298.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2005
Very tasty I used splenda instead of sugar making it diabetic friendly. I also added 1 can whole kernal corn (drained) 1 can peas (drained). I choped my onion instead of in rings. I increased the amounts of oil splenda and vinegar because of adding the extra canned vegetables. We love this salad goes great with the slow cooker roast beef recipe I have posted here on allrecipes.com. Thanks for the great recipe. One other time I made it I added chopped celery AND a small jar of pimento's. Really colorful. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/04/2011
I wasn't fond of this salad. Took it to a Christmas potluck. Maybe just too many other wonderful food items but this one wasn't a hit and I'll never make this version again. Read More
(5)
116 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 81
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2005
Very tasty I used splenda instead of sugar making it diabetic friendly. I also added 1 can whole kernal corn (drained) 1 can peas (drained). I choped my onion instead of in rings. I increased the amounts of oil splenda and vinegar because of adding the extra canned vegetables. We love this salad goes great with the slow cooker roast beef recipe I have posted here on allrecipes.com. Thanks for the great recipe. One other time I made it I added chopped celery AND a small jar of pimento's. Really colorful. Read More
(86)
Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2007
I like this recipe with less sugar. and one of the things I like to add is a can of chick peas, and I always use purple onions. Read More
(67)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2008
This is wonderful. I was always looking for a three bean salad recipe with a specific taste and this was it! Other ones leave a vinegar-y taste in your mouth..NOT THIS ONE! I only used a half a cup of sugar and it was perfect UPDATE I made a HUGE batch of this for my outdoor wedding and there was none left over. I also bring it to any party where I'm asked to bring a side dish because it seems like everyone loves it Although it said to refrigerate 12 hours my sister came over about 4 hours after I put it in the fridge. We both ate some (it was still watery of course because I didn't let it sit long) but I strained it and we both agreed it was GOOOOOD I will bring this salad to EVERY cookout I go to. It was SO easy to put together and the results are comparable to a restaurant! o.k I'll stop now...I just can't say enough! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2003
A good basic bean salad recipe, but way too heavy on the sugar for my taste. I cut the sugar by a 1/4 cup and it was still a bit too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2003
This salad is one of my families favorites!! I use red wine vinegar instead of reg. It's better the longer you wait to eat it if you can wait!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2007
I make this with garbanzo beans added using my grandmother's recipe. This looks about the same however I use chopped fresh celery instead of the celery seed and chopped green peppers in it too. (chopped small) This is something my grandma has taken to every family reunion since I can remember. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2003
This is a great recipe for three bean salad! Per the recommendation of other reviewers I reduced the amount of sugar but next time I will use the full amount. I like the salad on the sweet side. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2003
This three bean sald is delicious and very easy to make. I added some fresh green beans steamed for a few minutes to the recipe making it a four bean salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2009
This is exactly like my recipe..been making it for years..i like to bring it to work for lunch..light n filling..good source of fibre too...i use splenda sugar and olive oil for less fat... Read More
(9)
Rating: 1 stars
04/04/2011
I wasn't fond of this salad. Took it to a Christmas potluck. Maybe just too many other wonderful food items but this one wasn't a hit and I'll never make this version again. Read More
(5)
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