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Four-Bean Salad

"MY MOTHER gave me this recipe. It was actually a three-bean salad, but I added the garbanzo beans (which are also know as chick peas). It goes over big at potlucks because it's not too sweet and not too sour. Be careful to get the vinegar and sugar mixture just right—no guessing on the amounts!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    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 green beans, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup julienned green pepper
  • 8 green onions, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a large salad bowl, combine all of the beans, green pepper and onions. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Pour over bean mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight, stirring several times. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 172 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 403mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • famnorris
    Jul 4, 2020

    A classic bean salad. I add an extra can of wax beans because I love them. Just the right balance of sweet and tangy, and very simple to put together.

  • Katharine
    Sep 8, 2019

    Added black beans, subtituted brown sugar for white sugar...awesome.

  • pammy54
    Jun 25, 2018

    The only ingredient I did not use was the green pepper, because I am allergic. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as written and it was amazingly good! Just as I remember my mother and grandmother making it when I was young. I put this in my favorites list and we'll make it again!

  • Ruffshse
    Mar 9, 2017

    Made a while back. Will be making again really good on a hot day.

  • edwest
    May 6, 2015

    Good ingredients with the promise of a good salad. I can't understand why people insist in adding sugar to salads. Try your favorite but forget the sugar. May surprise you.

  • slb33334
    Jul 21, 2012

    I found this in my church potluck cookbook from taste of home. I made it to take to a church supper and everyone loved it. A definite keeper.

  • Pattianne0921
    Jun 3, 2012

    rave reviews at a pot-luck picnic. diffinitely will make this again. Thanks.

  • Colleen1734
    Jun 30, 2010

    I've made this several times. Great for picnics.

  • Isolda
    Jan 27, 2010

    No comment left

  • whateverfood
    Apr 13, 2009

    Yep- looks almost like the one I make, only I use thin red onion slices...