classic three bean salad recipe

Classic Three Bean Salad Recipe

The Classic Three Bean Salad with green beans, garbanzo beans and kidney beans tossed with a sweet and sour dressing made with sugar, vinegar and celery seed is the perfect summer side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Three Bean Salad
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 148 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound green beans trimmed and cut
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thinly
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Add the green beans to a large glass bowl with a tablespoon of water and cover with a wet paper towel.
  2. Microwave for 3 minutes then let cool while cutting the onions.

  3. Add everything else but the parsley to the bowl and stir together.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 8-12 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Three Bean Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 200mg9%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 522IU10%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.