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This three bean salad recipe is a fresh twist on the classic! It’s quick, healthy, and delicious. Ready in about 20 minutes!

easy three bean salad in a stoneware serving bowl close-up

The dressing is a simple vinaigrette with a bit of garlic. It really lets the flavor of the beans shine, and it adds some tanginess to this side dish.

I added a touch of honey to give the dressing a slightly sweet flavor without using sugar. I really liked the sweet and sour combo.

glass mixing bowl with ingredients for healthy three bean salad

To give this old fashioned three bean salad an extra pop of flavor, I included some fresh herbs.

I added some of my homegrown basil because a) I can’t get enough and b) I have so much of it. This isn’t strictly necessary, but I do think basil brightens anything you add it to, and it’s a nice little addition to this classic three bean salad.

I would definitely at least include the parsley if not the basil as well.

easy and healthy three bean salad with light vinaigrette in a bowl

What kind of beans do you use in three bean salad?

I’ve seen various beans used in three bean salads. I chose fresh green beans vs. canned because, in my opinion, the little bit of extra work to cook them is worth it in the flavor payoff department.

I bought one of those pre-measured easy-microwave bag of fresh green beans, so it was hardly more difficult than opening a can, anyway. 😛

As far as the canned beans go, I chose red kidney beans and romano beans, but that was just a decision based on personal preference and what I thought would offer some contrast in photos.

You could use cannellini beans (white kidney beans), chickpeas, navy beans, or whatever other bean floats your boat.

easy and healthy three bean salad in a large bowl

I hope you will love this easy make-ahead summer side dish. Did you grow up with a different version of this recipe? Will you make this easy three bean salad recipe?

Talk to me in the comments below!

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This easy and healthy three bean salad is an updated version of the old fashioned traditional side dish! Fresh green beans, red kidney beans, romano beans (or use chickpeas), and a sweet and tangy vinaigrette make this one delicious salad.
5 from 3 votes

Easy Three Bean Salad Recipe

This three bean salad recipe is a fresh twist on the classic! It's quick, healthy, and delicious. Ready in about 20 minutes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces fresh green beans
  • 1 (19 fluid ounce) can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 (19 fluid ounce) can romano beans, chickpeas, or canellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil sliced thin (optional but tasty)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Dressing:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions 

  • Cook your green beans until tender-crisp. I bought one of those packs you can easily microwave, so I did that, but feel free to buy the beans loose and steam/boil/microwave them as you usually would.
  • Once the beans are cooked, rinse them with cold water and let them drain thoroughly. Add them to a medium salad bowl.
  • Meanwhile, add the dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together (or add to a jar and shake).
  • Add the canned beans to the bowl, along with the dressing and herbs. Toss. I recommend chilling it for at least an hour before serving, but you can serve it right away. Salad will keep in the fridge for a few days. 

Notes

  • Serves 4-6 depending on how much people eat.
  • Feel free to use any kind of beans you like!
  • Adjust ingredient quantities as needed (e.g. more oil or vinegar).
  • I used 19-ounce cans of beans, but if you can't find those, the smaller cans would work fine.

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10 Comments

  1. Sandy says:

    5 stars
    This is divine! I had never put honey in my 3 bean salad, but the combinations of tastes in the dressing were wonderful…Husband LOVED it!

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww I’m so glad to hear how much you enjoyed it! šŸ™‚

  2. Leigh Ann says:

    This is the perfect easy side or light lunch for any day of the week!

    1. Natasha says:

      Totally! Thanks, Leigh Ann!

  3. Jennifer Farley says:

    5 stars
    Such beautiful photos! I am so excited to try this salad!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much!

  4. Matt Robinson says:

    Love that you added some honey to this, it looks amazing!

    1. Natasha says:

      I thought it was a touch healthier than granulated sugar haha. Thanks!

  5. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    Love the light dressing and the fresh herbs in this salad Natasha! I’m always on the lookout for easy, tasty salads like this one!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much! Let me know if you make it. šŸ™‚