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Cold Bean Salad

 Cold Bean Salad
Ann Mulford's recipe for Two-Bean Salad doesn't disappoint. The Lincolnville, Maine, reader says, “This mixed salad sure is a winner. I make it a day or so ahead of time and it marinates in the refrigerator. It's simple, just stir every 12 hours.” She adds, “And leftovers are great over rice or noodles.”
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (3.8 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup each chopped green, sweet red and orange peppers
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette


  • In a large bowl, combine the beans, cheese, onion, olives, celery and
  • peppers. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat. Refrigerate until
  • serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 225 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 529 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 10 g protein.