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A delicious blend of beans mixed with a tangy dressing, Three Bean Salad is the perfect side dish for any dinner! It’s super easy to make and tastes amazing in every bite.

This Three Bean Salad is an easy and flavorful salad that you’ll love bringing to all your potlucks this summer. A few more recipes to try are Greek Orzo Salad, Black Bean Corn Salad, and Mediterranean Quinoa Salad! They’re cool and refreshing, but packed with amazing salty flavor!

Top down view of 3 bean salad in a speckled white bowl.

Three Bean Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for a high-protein salad to bring to all your summer gatherings, look no further! This quick and easy salad uses 3 different types of beans: green, kidney, and garbanzo, all tossed in a delicious and tangy dressing. I also add chopped red onions for a crunch and a hint of flavor! It’s going to fly off the table at your next potluck.

The delicious texture of this salad works with just about any main dish! The crisp, tangy flavor is a great contrast to meat dishes like this Grilled Honey Chicken! As simple as this three bean salad is, it is so satisfying and delicious! It’s always a favorite in our house! You’ll love the tangy dressing paired with mild beans and crisp red onions!

Ingredients you will need to make it

The best part about this delicious salad is the fact that you only need a handful of pantry staples to make it! The combination of these flavors is absolutely irresistible. You can find the measurements for each ingredient listed in the recipe card below.

  • Canned beans: I used a mixture of green beans, dark beans, and chickpeas. You can also swap them out for black, pinto, or wax beans.
  • Red onion: Adds a tangy, delicious flavor and the perfect crunch!
  • Vinegar: This recipe uses a mixture of white wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar! The combination is spicy and slightly fruity.
  • Sugar: This helps balance the acidity of the vinegar.
  • Olive oil: Helps coat the beans with all the delicious flavors.
  • Salt and pepper: Add both to taste!

How to make a classic three bean salad

Making this Three Bean Salad is as easy as it sounds! It mixes up in minutes and is great to make ahead of time. In fact, I recommend it because this way, the flavors have more time to meld!

  1. Prepare Beans and Onion: In a strainer, add the beans and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and add the red onion.
  2. Mixed dressing ingredients: In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, sugar, and olive oil.
  3. Combine: Add to bowl and stir until coated. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Collage of 2 photos of salad in preparation.

Tips and Variations

Here are some additional ways to customize this delicious salad! It’s so good you’ll want to wear it to every summer party.

  • Change of dressing: A fun way to customize your salad is to use different homemade dressings! Try this Lemon Vinaigrette or Greek Dressing below!
  • Add Herbs: Fresh herbs are the best way to add a delicious pop of flavor to your salad! Try adding a dash of Italian seasoning or chopped basil or mint!
  • Use other vegetables: If you find the flavor of red onion overwhelming, try using chopped celery or red bell peppers instead!

Storing Leftover Three Bean Salad

This simple three bean salad is great for both storing and making ahead! It’s the perfect thing to have on hand for a quick and easy snack or dinner. The best thing about this salad? The longer it is stored, the more infused and delicious the flavors become!

Close up of classic 3 bean salad.


  • In a strainer, add the beans and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and add the red onion.

  • In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, sugar, and olive oil. Add to bowl and stir until coated. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.



It serves: 4

calories375kcal (19%)carbohydrates56gram (19%)Protein18gram (36%)Fat10gram (fifteen%)Saturated fat1gram (5%)polyunsaturated fattwogrammonounsaturated fat6gramSodium327milligrams (14%)Potassium893milligrams (26%)Fiber17gram (68%)Sugarelevengram (12%)Vitamin A800UI (sixteen%)Vitamin Csixteenmilligrams (19%)Calcium118milligrams (12%)Iron6milligrams (33%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measurement methods, and serving sizes per household.

Grade Garrison

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