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Fat-Free Bean Salad

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


8 servings

Ruth Beitelspacher of Aberdeen, South Dakota notes, "I recently made this salad to serve at a turkey barbecue. It was just as big a hit as it was for our son's confirmation dinner some 40 years ago." Her trim treatment of the timeless sweet-and-sour beans doesn't cut down on flavor one bit.


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) French-style green beans, drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chopped sweet onions
  • 1 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  1. In a bowl, combine the green beans, kidney beans, onion, pickle relish and green pepper. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and sugar; mix well. Pour over bean mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 156 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.

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  • tshirtlady
    Apr 16, 2014

    I've made this recipe so many times I can't begin to count them. It is a hit everywhere I serve it. Cut green beans work just as well if you don't have French-style in the house.

  • svirons1
    Jul 13, 2010

    My husband can't stop nibbling on this bean salad!! I had an open can of red kidney beans and didn't want to through them away. I did a search on the website and found this recipe. I also recently served it at a neighborhood gathering. I have had several requests for the recipe!!