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Alfresco Bean Salad

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 (2/3 cup each)


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • lehite
    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
    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.

  • Privas
    Feb 17, 2013

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  • WorriorforChrist23
    Jan 19, 2013

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

  • pfholtz
    Jul 24, 2012

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  • Mrs_T
    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
    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
    Jul 20, 2011

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

  • loveschristmas
    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
    Apr 25, 2011

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