Make Ahead

Southern Three Bean Salad

May 27, 2010
Author Notes

This is a fresh take on an old-fashioned recipe. Three Bean Salad is traditionally made with canned beans - a mixture of canned wax, green, and kidney beans marinated in a sweet vinaigrette with sweet onions, and bell peppers. Here, fresh beans make a huge difference. Three Bean Salad is great dish for pot-lucks and picnics. - Waverly —Waverly

Test Kitchen Notes

Waverly offers a fresh-tasting bean salad, a welcome update from the traditional (canned) three bean salad. I don't care for green bell pepper, so I substituted an orange bell pepper. The sherry vinegar gives a nice depth of flavor to the vinaigrette that permeates the salad. Thumbs up! - Lizthechef —The Editors

  • Serves 8-10
  • 2 cups French green beans, washed, trimmed, and then blanched or steamed to crisp-tender (@ 3 minutes)
  • 2 cups wax beans, washed, trimmed, and then blanched or steamed to crisp -tender (@ 3 minutes)
  • 1 15.5 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet onion like Texas 1015, Vidalia, or Walla, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
In This Recipe
  1. Combine Vegetables: In a large serving bowl, combine green beans, wax beans, bell pepper, and onion.
  2. Make Vinaigrette: In a small mixing bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until the mixture is emulsified/fully combined.
  3. Marinate the Beans: Pour the vinaigrette over the beans and toss until beans are coated. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Serve: Let the salad come to room temperature. Toss again. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

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Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.