Three Bean Salad Recipe

Three bean salad is an easy, hearty side dish full of protein and wonderful textures. This recipe harnesses its bean-y might from three beans: kidney, garbanzo, and green (even though, according to Randall Beans, green beans aren't really a bean, but we won't tell if you won't!).

Registered dietitian and recipe developer Kristen Carli created this recipe with an affinity for legumes in mind. "I love beans!" she shares. "They are my favorite source of plant-based protein." If you too are a fan of these protein-packed plants, take advantage of this simple but delicious recipe. In just two steps, Carli has created a flavorful and fun side dish that makes the perfect potluck companion or vegetarian appetizer. Read on to find out how to make her creation in your very own kitchen.

Gather the ingredients

Before you can begin making your three bean salad, you'll need to gather all your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need 12 ounces of frozen cut green beans (thawed), a 15-ounce can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed), a 15-ounce can chickpeas (drained and rinsed), ½ cup of chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper. You might even have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already!

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir

Luckily for you, this recipe has very few steps, the first of which is to add everything to a bowl. Take your three types of beans, parsley, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper, and throw it all into a bowl. Once everyone is present and accounted for, stir to combine. And that's it! It's that easy. You made a colorful, healthy three bean salad! And not only that, but it's a dish that you can make all year round.

Serve and enjoy your three bean salad

Serving three bean salad is as easy as making it because it goes with so many things! When asked for suggestions, Carli listed some of her favorite times and places to have this easy side: "I love serving this dish at a potluck. It makes for a great vegetarian dish when you aren't sure what else will be offered. It's great for a sports game watch party or a picnic potluck." As a side dish for dinner, Carli says she especially loves this salad with roasted salmon

Three Bean Salad Recipe
5 from 34 ratings
Need a quick side dish for a picnic or potluck? Everyone will love this tasty, healthy three bean salad -- and you can put it together in just a few minutes!
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Three bean salad in a serving bowl
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 12 ounces frozen cut green beans, thawed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients.
  2. Stir well to combine.
  3. Serve as a side dish.
Calories per Serving 358
Total Fat 14.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 46.1 g
Dietary Fiber 14.0 g
Total Sugars 9.1 g
Sodium 751.4 mg
Protein 14.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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