Alfresco Bean Salad Recipe
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Alfresco Bean Salad Recipe

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If you're bored with the usual greens, try this super healthy version of classic three bean salad. It's terrific as a side dish, but sometimes, I fill my plate and make it a meal. —Cristina Vives, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 146 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 360mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the lime juice, oil, chili powder, salt and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 12 servings (2/3 cup each).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Alfresco Bean Salad in Country Woman April/May 2009, p32

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lehite User ID: 1513402 223255
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"Been making this for years, and it is always a hit. I don't change anything except maybe not quite as much onion. Eat it with tortilla chips, and it' s a meal for us. Even some of my kids like it!"

RHergenroeder User ID: 6026311 98143
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"This is really good. I didn't have fresh cilantro so I used a small amount of dried, plus fresh chopped parsley."

WorriorforChrist23 User ID: 7095292 167623
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"It was amazing! I added a little Tapatio to it and It was AMAZING!"

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 104987
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"This is a terrific salad and such a nice change from the usual three-bean salad. I usually leave out the onion and just add a little dried minced onion to the dressing. I left out the jalapeno, also, and substituted great northern beans for the garbanzos, which I do not care for. I think a chopped avocado, added at the last minute, would be a nice addition to this, but have not tried it."

joglesby5 User ID: 6622612 180430
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"I made this without the tomatoes which probably took away from the appeal of the dish. If I make it again, I will definitely add tomatoes."

Alaska Jill User ID: 5859398 98831
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"We added a splash of apple cider vinegar for just a little more flavor in the dressing-awesome results!"

loveschristmas User ID: 5275522 104946
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"I am not a bean eater but I made this and it was great! Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe."

ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 179685
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Made this for a luncheon at work and received so many compliments. This definitely makes a lot to go around."

rose0faphrodite User ID: 4186547 113942
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"Quite good. I substituted fresh basil for the cilantro as I'm growing basil. And I added a can of diced chilis and diced fresh green pepper. Also a few drops of hot tabasco as we like things a bit spicier. The nice thing about this recipe is you can add or detract whatever you like!"

DarleneT User ID: 663582 143849
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"This sounds so yummy, but would anybody have a suggestion for a substitute for the cilantro. Thanks"

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