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

Food52 Review: 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! - LizthechefThe 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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