Basil Bean Salad Recipe
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Basil Bean Salad Recipe

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I had a recipe for three-bean salad and added garbanzo beans for taste and color. It soon became my father and father-in-law's favorite - that made me happy since "the moms" are excellent cooks. Now for picnics, I'm asked to "bring the beans". -Ruth Ann Ramuscak, Merrillville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:10-12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut green beans, drained
  • 1 medium green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 192 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 447 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine beans, green pepper and onion. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, sugar, basil, mustard and salt. Pour over bean mixture; toss to coat. Chill for several hours or overnight. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Basil Bean Salad in Taste of Home August/September 1996, p37

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"kids liked it"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"have been using this recipe for years - I love it!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2007

"You can combine the sugar,vinegar,oil,salt,pepper and seasonings in a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove and cool slightly , then pour over bean mixture."

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