Three Bean Salad I

Three Bean Salad I

70 Reviews 6 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    3 m
  • Ready In

    35 m
Cathy Castro
Recipe by  Cathy Castro

“Three Bean Salad with extra kinds of beans and a zesty flavor!”

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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  1. In a large bowl, layer the beans, onion and green pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, mix the vinegar, sugar, oil, mustard, tarragon and cilantro. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and pour over bean mixture. Stir until all ingredients are coated. This is best if it is left to marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator, and stirred occasionally.

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I love bean salad and this was great. I did make a couple of changes though. I only used one third cup of sugar as I don't like it too terribly sweet. I added fresh garlic, the juice of half of a lime, about a cup of a good jarred brushetta and because I didn't have green pepper on hand, I used a small can of green chilies. I'm not big on cilantro or tarragon but added some spices of my choice. I really thought there was too much liquid at first, but after hours of marinating the beans soaked up the liquid perfectly. Yum!



Based on reviews, I too cut the sugar in half when preparing this dish. I probably should have used a lighter oil or less oil, too. The dish was just a tad too oily but still very colorful (I used light red kidney beans), very filling, and very easy. Will feed plenty. Does indeed get better with lots of time in the fridge. A meal all by itself. The dish, as I prepared it, deserved 4.5 stars. Next time, I will tweak the oil and produce a 5-star salad!



I have always kind of liked 3 bean salads, but they were just too strong. When I made this recipe I cut the sugar (I use Splenda) in half and also only used half of the oil. Since we have cilantro and tarragon in the garden I used double the recipe amount of fresh (more could be used to taste)herbs. This is the best 3 bean salad I have ever had. Love it!

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Amount Per Serving (10 total)

  • Calories
  • 322 cal
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 17.6 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs
  • 37.4 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 4.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 500 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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