Mixed Bean Salad Recipe
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Mixed Bean Salad Recipe

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Making this colorful salad a day ahead gives it time to marinate. We love its flavorful tangy-sweet dressing.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut green beans, drained
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 207 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 546 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Mixed Bean Salad in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p34

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Have been looking for a recipe to copy one my grocery store, Dierbergs, made that I loved. This is it!!!"

Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"Hubby didn't think he would like this, but was pleasantly surprised that he did! I cut the sugar in half and it was still delicious. We both agreed that it could use a little more punch somehow, maybe from a fresh herb or a different vinegar."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"This was great! For a change, use some chick peas and perhaps 1/2 red & 1/2 white kidney beans. Dressing does not overwhelm - which is great."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"Very quick and easy too make. I made it for a salad luncheon and everyone thought it was wonderful."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"This salad is way better than the ready-made (canned) 3-bean salads (from various brands) that you can buy in the store. Do yourself and your family a favor, go ahead and make this instead of buying a pre-made one. This serves more people, and tastes better, too."

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