Easy Three Bean Salad {The Best!}

This easy Three Bean Salad is a delicious side dish to take to any potluck. It’s always a favorite at any potluck or summer cookout.

Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad

I can’t believe that I have waited so long to bring Three Bean Salad into my life. Now, I’m hooked on this classic and easy-to-make bean salad.  Bean Salad is such a healthy side dish or snack. It keeps well in the refrigerator, so it’s the perfect make-ahead side for your picnic or holiday party.

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Three Bean Salad

Bean Salad is such an easy recipe to throw together. You can mix and match the beans of your personal choice.

Three Bean Salad

Add more to make it a five bean salad. It’s such a simple and versatile recipe.

easy bean salad

I used green beans, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans to make this Classic Bean Salad.

How long is Bean Salad good for?

If covered and stored in the refrigerator, bean salad should be good for up to 5 days.

Is bean salad good for you?

Beans are a great source of fiber and protein. They also contain vitamin B – such an essential vitamin.

Do you need to cook canned beans?

No, it is not necessary to cook the canned beans in a bean salad. The beans have already been cooked before canning. Rinse and drain the beans.

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How do you make Three Bean Salad?

  1. Rinse and drain the canned beans
  2. Chop the celery, pepper, and onion
  3. In a large bowl, add the beans, vegetables, and spices
  4. Mix well
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight
  6. Serve cold

Here’s the recipe for Classic and Healthy Three Bean Salad…

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Easy Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad is the perfect side dish to picnics, holidays and potlucks. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 181cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $10


  • 1 15 oz. green beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. garbanzo beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz. kidney beans – rinsed and drained
  • 1 large green pepper chopped
  • ½ cup Vidalia onion  chopped
  • ½ cup celery  chopped
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • ½ cup sugar


  • Combine everything into a large bowl and mix together until spices and sugar are dissolved
    how to make Easy and Healthy Three Bean Salad - the best!
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight
  • Best when served cold


*great bean substitutions or additions to this recipe are:
(rinsed and drained)
  • wax beans 
  • black beans 
  • Pinto beans
  • Great northern beans 
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 181cal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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