Three Bean Salad

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    Three Bean Salad Recipe

    This classic three bean salad is my “go-to”, so simple it will literally blow your mind, but with just a few steps that will set it apart from the rest.

    Classic Three Bean Salad is the perfect BBQ side dish. This easy, make-ahead dish is always a hit and perfect for potlucks too! #threebeansalad www.savoryexperiments.com

    Classic Three Bean Salad is the perfect BBQ side dish. This easy, make-ahead dish is always a hit and perfect for potlucks too!

     

    First, you have to start with the beans, there are literally a hundred types to choose from. Because my goal is to save time and not cook, I generally pick either canned or frozen beans.

    Canned beans can be rinsed to reduce sodium and depending on brand, hold up well in the consistency department. My favorite canned beans to use are cannellini, black beans, white northern beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, wax beans and much more!

    Classic Three Bean Salad is the perfect BBQ side dish. This easy, make-ahead dish is always a hit and perfect for potlucks too! www.savoryexperiments.com

    The same rule applies to the type of vinegar you use. While red wine vinegar is the most common, there are many other options that will change the flavor profile.

    Instead, substitute in a champagne or rose vinegar, maybe apple cider or even a white balsamic. Taste it first to get a sense of the flavor profile and then use accordingly.

    Next, you can add just a dollop of mustard, but this is optional. Like vinegar, there is a great variety, so choose wisely!

    Classic Three Bean Salad is the perfect BBQ side dish. This easy, make-ahead dish is always a hit and perfect for potlucks too! www.savoryexperiments.com

    Ultimately, the process of making a three bean salad is pickling your ingredients, so while it being a “make ahead” dish sounds like a total win, it can sometimes get in the way when you are short on time.

    If you find yourself here, boil the wet ingredients and vinegar in a small saucepan with just a tablespoon or two of water.

    When hot, pour it over the ingredients and you should only need about an hour to marinate. It might compromise the crispiness of your beans, but you’ll still have an awesome classic three bean salad.

    Classic Three Bean Salad is the perfect BBQ side dish. This easy, make-ahead dish is always a hit and perfect for potlucks too! #threebeansalad www.savoryexperiments.com

    Leftovers, if there are any, are great tossed into a nice green salad or even stirred into a basic rice or pasta dish.

    Tools used in this Three Bean Salad recipe:

    Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls get used just about every day at my house. The grip handle makes them easy to hold and the pour spout makes them perfect for batters!

    Wooden Spoon: Wooden spoons are a kitchen essential. I keep a bunch of them on hand for every meal from breakfast to dinner.

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    Classic Three Bean Salad is the perfect BBQ side dish. This easy, make-ahead dish is always a hit and perfect for potlucks too! #threebeansalad www.savoryexperiments.com

     

     

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    Classic Three Bean Salad is the perfect BBQ side dish. This easy, make-ahead dish is always a hit and perfect for potlucks too! www.savoryexperiments.com
    Three Bean Salad
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    12 mins
     
    Classic Three Bean Salad is the perfect BBQ side dish. This easy, make-ahead dish is always a hit and perfect for potlucks too!
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: three bean salad
    Servings: 5 cups
    Calories: 113 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 8 ounces green beans canned and rinsed
    • 8 ounces yellow wax beans canned and rinsed
    • 8 ounces Great Northern beans canned and rinsed
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard optional
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon white onion finely minced or grated
    • 1 garlic clove finely minced or grated
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Instructions
    1. After rinsing all three types of beans, place them in a large container.
    2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard through black pepper.
    3. Toss with beans. Refrigerate and cover for 4-24 hours.
    4. Before serving, allow to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes and toss to recoat.
    5. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

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    Nutrition Facts
    Three Bean Salad
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 113 Calories from Fat 27
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 3g5%
    Sodium 157mg7%
    Potassium 367mg10%
    Carbohydrates 16g5%
    Fiber 5g21%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 5g10%
    Vitamin A 315IU6%
    Vitamin C 15.8mg19%
    Calcium 68mg7%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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