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Mixed Bean Salad

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 207 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 546mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • dublinlab
    Sep 16, 2019

    I added a can of butter beans and used red onion left in rings for colour. Excellent made a couple of days ahead. I'll make this recipe again. Janet. VFE

  • pmtgrt
    Mar 6, 2016

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

  • jmkasprak
    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.

  • bjh4
    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.

  • jfurnas
    Apr 10, 2012

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

  • trancebaby
    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.

  • BrendainPa
    Jul 21, 2011

    Even though I don't care for canned vegetables, this was very good. The celery adds a nice crunch, and you can add in other fresh vegetables if you like--zucchini, pepper, cucumbers. If I make it again, I would cut the oil in half to cut some of the fat from an otherwise healthy salad. If you like "pickled" dishes, you'll like this!

  • kaybowser
    Sep 22, 2008

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