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Health Wise: Three Bean Salad Recipe

Updated on April 3, 2011

Three bean salad has been a popular picnic and barbecue side dish since at least the 19th century. It is easy to make and a good bring-along dish because it requires little refrigeration. This recipe also makes a filling and healthy main dish.

Beans pack a huge nutritional punch. They are high in soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol, and are excellent source of protein, iron and complex carbohydrates.


1 can each black beans, light red kidney beans, and white navy beans

1/2 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

10-12 grape tomatoes, quartered

2 tbsp. olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving.  

Serves 6 to 8 as side dish, or 3 to 4 as a main dish.


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      Cristina Vanthul 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Putz.

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      Putz Ballard 7 years ago

      Great hub and a great recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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      Cristina Vanthul 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, epigramman! I love your quatrains. They inspire, are humor, are sad, and are touching. Please let me know which recipe you try and how you liked it.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      man oh man - your 'food recipe' hubs make my mouth water so I must take proper notice here and try some of them out in my own humble kitchen!

      And thank you very much, as always, for dropping by and leaving your comments on my work - it humbles me and also makes my day!!!!

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      Cristina Vanthul 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, Minnetonka and kims. Glad you both liked this one. I end up making it from time to time and take it to work for lunch for a few days.

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      Sounds wonderful! A+ recipe!

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Nummy and healthy too. Thanks for the recipe. I write a lot of recipes too as I love to cook.