Favorite Three Bean Salad
This favorite Three Bean Salad is one you can take to any event, picnic or family reunion this summer! It’s enjoyed by everyone, and uses freshly blanched green beans for that summer crispness! There aren’t many times I feel bad for Ben. I try to be a good wife and not subject to overly girly things that make the normal man cringe, like date nights to overly girly movies – except that one time I made him go see Twilight with me – and the times I have taken him to the mall with him, I can count on one hand. That’s pretty good, right? I always feel bad for men at malls, sitting, sleeping, and lounging on the chairs looking like they just want to dieeeee. I have yet to figure out why they don’t all start a petition for beer servers to be walking around the mall like the old-timey cigarette girls of the 20’s! Heck, I’d probably go to the mall more often if there were beer girls walking around. Though I would probably spend more if I were swilling beer, too.
So, during a study break Ben came out of the room to show me a new Instagram account called MiserableMen, all about men around the world waiting for their women to shop. It is such a struggle to be a man, or at least it is based on these photos. Ben was languishing and waxing poetic about how terrrrrible it is to go to the mall – which I agree, it sucks- but him trying to ellicit sympathy from me over the fewer than five times we’ve gone to to the mall well, it just wasn’t happening. No sympathy. I am the Soup Nazi of mall trip sympathy – No Sympathy For YOU!
By now, I figured internet shopping would be prevelent enough to never have to subject men to mall shopping again, but no – their struggle still goes on. Would someone think of the husbands?! Nope. Because truth be told, they are just as difficult to go shopping with as we are.
If this is a struggle of all men, don’t you think all men would bond over this? Just think, if we could harness that struggle that all men go through – because based on MiserableMen it is a world wide struggle – we could harness world peace, because truthfully we are all not that different.
I have been making this favorite three bean salad for two weeks straight! I can’t get enough of it, it’s perfectly sweet and tangy in equal portions and so packed with protein and freshness it will help you shimmy into bikini season, too! And be sure to catch on yesterday’s How-To Tuesday and learn how to Blanch Vegetables! This technique will come in handy with this salad. Just look at the color difference in the photo below of fresh blanched green beans versus their canned counterpart. It’s no competition – you have to go fresh!
I based this recipe off Lori’s (Recipe Girl’s) Three Bean salad, using what I had on hand and tweaking it to my tastes with a little less sugar and a little more vinegar. It’s definitely a winner in every sense of the word!
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Favorite Three Bean Salad
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Chill Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
This favorite Three Bean Salad is one you can take to any event, picnic or family reunion this summer! It’s enjoyed by everyone, and uses freshly blanched green beans for that summer crispness!
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 2 cups Green Beans, freshly blanched if possible or 1 can cut green beans
- 1 can, 15.5 can Garbonzo Beans, rinsed
- 1 can, 15.5 can Kidney Beans, rinsed
- 1 large Shallot, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Whisk together sugar, oil, salt, pepper, garlic and shallots. Set aside.
- In a large bowl stir together green beans, Garbonzo beans, and kidney beans. Pour the sauce over the top and fold together to combine until all vegetables are coated in sauce.
- Cover and place in the fridge to chill and allow the flavors to meld. Serve cold and stir before serving.
I can’t tell you how excited I am about this recipe. There was a restaurant around the corner from my office that always had this salad, and it was one of my favorites. They recently closed, and I have been jonesing for this salad. I can’t wait to make it.
Best idea ever! I am a huge fan of bean salad and I know the pops will go bonkers over it too!
I can’t wait to try this out! It sounds like the perfect addition to summer lunches. Fresh, light, easy 🙂 This is the perfect summer time food!
I loved this post Megan. I can never get enough Seinfeld references. This salad is so perfect for summer. One of my favs as a kid.
I love, love beans!! So three bean is basically making me crazy with excitement!! Love this! 🙂
This looks perfect for the weekend barbecue!
David hates the mall too but he loves shopping at outlet malls. haha. This bean salad looks so fresh and delicious. Three bean salad is one of my favorite salads!
How many servings does this make?
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This salad is a perfect light summer salad. Loved it.
Didn’t have Garbanzo beans so i used chick peas.
Be still my ever-lovin-bean heart! I want!
How many servings does this make?
It makes about 6 servings.
This recipe looked great and I made it except there us a missing step- you don’t mention when to put in the apple cider vinegar!!!! I hope it comes out okay putting it in afterwards….. Yikes!!!!
This is DELICIOUS. I’ll continue to make this every weekend to bring to work throughout the week. So easy to make, and so tasty. It gets even better the longer it all marries together. Thanks for sharing!
Your recipe doesn’t state if the green beans, kidney, or garbonzo are cooked before mixing in sauce.
Ohh! I haven’t had three bean salad is ages! This looks so good! Perfect for a light, healthy side!
Oh my gosh that MiserableMen is so funny!!! I totally prefer to leave my husband and home! As for this salad? I can see why you’ve made it so many times….I looks and sounds incredible!
Great colors! And I love the bean choice 🙂
Your salad looks so much brighter and fresher than the one I grew up eating with the canned veggies. Love this!
I love beans and a combo of three, that is even better. Healthy and easy!
What a great salad, the beans are a great combination. A nice healthy side to go along with all the fudge and cookies that are going around!
Love bean salad, I used mixed beans and red onion for this recipe and it was great. Thanks for sharing your recipes.
When do you put the vinegar in
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When do you add the apple cider vinegar? Does it go in last or do you mix it with the oil?
Sorry Kathy, yes you add it in with the oil. I’ll clarify the directions!
This is the best three bean salad recipe I’ve tried. Simple and tastes just like the classic we had longed for. I added a little diced red sweet pepper but no changes otherwise. Thank you!
The red pepper sounds like a STELLAR addition!! I am craving this again now too!
Hey I love this recipe and I have it saved in my Pinterest account. Now all of your recipes are blocked that I have saved through Pinterest! I don’t know why they blocked but I hope it can be fixed !
Hi Kari!! I was THANKFULLY able to get in touch with Pinterest and found out they blocked my site!! But it’s been resolved so all of the pins will work now!! I nearly cried when I found that out! WHEW!!