The Easy Three Bean Salad is one that you'll make all year long! With cannellini beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, red onion and an easy vinaigrette.
I know what you're thinking.
Where are the green beans and the wax beans?
I know. But you won't miss them in this even easier salad! When making the classic 3 bean salad, you had to either use fresh green beans and cook them a bit or use canned.
This version uses all canned beans making it perfect year round!
Canned Beans - cannellini, garbanzo (chickpeas) and kidney beans.
Olive oil - use a good flavored extra virgin olive oil.
Sugar, salt and pepper.
Red onion - can also use Pickled Red Onion.
Parsley - optional, but adds a nice touch and flavor. Could also use cilantro or basil.
In a bowl large enough to hold the salad, mix together the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk to dissolve the salt and sugar.
If you want your onions to have less of a bite, dice them and add them to the dressing to soak for a few minutes.
Open the beans and rinse in a colander.
Add the beans to the bowl.
Stir to coat the beans with the dressing.
If you are using the parsley, mince it and add it to the salad.
Like most bean salads, this was even better the next day! The flavors blended beautifully! Perfect for a picnic or to pack in your lunch!
While there is nothing wrong with the classic three bean salad with green beans and/or wax beans, I really do love this even easier version!
I will always keep some canned beans on hand so that I can make this anytime I want!
Some easy additions: celery, bell pepper, cucumbers and capers.
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All Bean Three Bean Salad
- In a bowl large enough to hold the salad, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper until sugar and salt dissolve.
- If you want you onion a little mellower, add it to the vinaigrette in the bowl to sit for a few minutes.
- Drain the beans and rinse them in a colander.
- Add the beans to the bowl and stir to combine. Add the parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2020.