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A Throwback Salad! Three Bean Salad

Two weeks ago I shared a favorite retro recipe for Southern Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.  Today I am sharing another retro recipe and a summer favoriteThree Bean Salad.  This salad can go anywhere.   There are so many variations of this salad, but this one is the classic version.

It is a great salad for picnics, cookouts, and at any family gatherings it will serve a large crowd. It is made with green and yellow beans, kidney beans, and purple onion with a tangy dressing.  The secret  to the amazing balance of taste is letting the salad sit in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours or overnight.  All the flavors just come together like magic.
I love to keep this salad in the refrigerator for a quick lunch or a quick snack.  Hope you get to make this Three Bean Salad soon, so refreshing and delicious.  Enjoy!

Three Bean Salad

2 14.5 oz. can Del Monte Fresh Cut Specialities Cut Green & Wax Beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz. light or dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 purple onion, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
1/2 teaspoon coriander or celery seed

In a glass bowl, toss together all the beans; set aside.

In another bowl, mix together all the remaining ingredients for the dressing until sugar is dissolved.  Immediately pour over the beans and gently fold the beans with the dressing mixture.

Refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight.  Serve cold.

Notes:  You can substitute 1 15 oz. can Wax Beans and 1 15 oz. can Cut Green Beans for the 2 cans of  Cut Green and Wax Green Beans.  Also, you can adjust the dressing ingredients to your taste.  

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  1. I love Three Bean Salad! It's just right for summer meals, and brings back such wonderful memories- I can taste it now!

    I love your refrigerator dish! ♥

  2. Your salad looks awesome...your photos are always so gorgeous too! Thanks for this reminder of this wonderful summer dish. My recipe uses a tad less vinegar, but my hubs is wild about it, so will be making it for him soon.

    1. Awe…Marsha you have me blushing. I know what you mean about less vinegar….sometimes I go with a little less too.

  3. Three Bean Salad is such a perfect side for picnics! Love make ahead foods during the summer. :)

  4. I've been looking for a three bean salad like my grandmother used to make, so I'm so glad your shared your recipe! Pinning! :)

  5. I love this recipe! =) Pinned to try soon!

  6. I'll have to try this soon, looks so delicious and perfect for Summer!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  7. This sounds delicious! My 18 month old loves beans so I'm pinning this to try!

  8. Anonymous3/19/2015

    I have made an expanded version of this salad using corn, green peas, chopped celery, white beans & chopped pimentos or bell peppers. It is a hit at potlucks, work functions & family dinners.