Are you searching for a healthy salad to serve at your next summer event? This overnight three bean salad is not only incredibly easy to make, it's perfect if you're wanting to lose a few pounds.
Are mixed beans good for you?
They certainly are. Below are some of their health benefits.
- High in fiber
- Little to no fat
- Cholesterol free
- A plant-based, low cost source of protein
- Full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
What beans are traditionally used for this recipe?
The classic version contains green, yellow wax, and kidney. For this recipe, I changed out the wax beans for garbanzo and used both light and dark kidney beans for extra color.
What's the difference between a three and a five bean salad?
A five bean recipe usually has the addition of garbanzo beans, lima beans, or black eyed peas and a green pepper. The yellow onion is swapped for a red onion and more spices are added.
How to Make
Start by gathering and measuring your ingredients.
To make the dressing, heat up in the ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for three minutes.
Pour the hot dressing over the veggies.
Toss well to combine.
Put it in a pretty bowl, then cover and place in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours. This recipe really needs the extra chilling time to marinate and soak up all the delicious flavors. Making this the night before is the best way.
This recipe has been a summer classic for a long time. It's popular because you can make it the night before, it's perfect for outdoor gatherings, and it's quick to prepare. Get in the kitchen, grab your ingredients, and soon you'll be gobbling down some real good summer eats!
- Make ahead? Yep, it's a good idea.
- Leftovers? Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
- What temperature should I serve this? Cold is best.
Craving more vegetable salads? What one would you like the best?
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Overnight three bean salad is the perfect summer recipe for your clean eating weight loss plan. This classic salad is large enough to serve a crowd at your next outdoor party. What’s stopping you from making this tasty salad to enjoy?
For the Salad
- 1 14.5-ounce can green beans, no salt added
- 1 16-ounce can reduced sodium garbanzo beans
- 1 15.5-ounce can dark red kidney beans, no salt added
- 1 15.5-ounce can light red kidney beans, no salt added
- ½ cup yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup celery, finely diced
For the Dressing
- ½ cup vinegar (white balsamic, distilled white, or apple cider)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
Making the Dressing
- In a small saucepan over high heat, pour in the vinegar, oil, sugar, and spices. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil for three minutes, then remove from the heat.
Making the Salad
- Drain each can of beans, rinse them under cold water, and drain in a colander. Place the beans in a large mixing bowl.
- Dice the onion and celery stalks into small pieces using a sharp knife or a food processor, then add to the bowl.
- Pour the hot dressing over the beans, onions and celery. Mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Put it in a serving bowl, then cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours to give it time to marinate.
- Before serving, stir and adjust seasonings to taste. For example, I like this with extra vinegar, so I would add some more at this time.
- It's best to make this the night before you need it.
- This recipe keeps well in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
- This tastes best when served cold.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 minutes
- Category: Salad
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: bean salad, homemade, kidney beans