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Quick and Easy Three Bean Salad

Updated on October 1, 2014

Mix Up a Great Side Dish in Minutes

This quick and easy three bean salad is so easy, a monkey could make it! But if you're like me and you don't have a monkey on hand, you too can handle making this delicious recipe.

The three beans I use in my three bean salad are red kidney beans, cannellini beans, and garbanzo beans. Then I add a few ingredients, mix it up, and let it chill at least a half hour or so, but that's not even really necessary.

This versatile recipe can be tailored to your liking. I made up a batch recently to take to a potluck. The three bean salad fits nicely in a jar, as shown, to tuck into a cooler to keep it chilled.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

A small serving of three-bean salad.
A small serving of three-bean salad.

Versatile Salad Recipe

The fun thing about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can choose what types of beans to use as well as the seasonings.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 6 as a side dish


  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • Handful of cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Open the cans of beans. Pour the beans into a strainer and rinse. Let drain.
  2. Add all of the other ingredients in a bowl. Add the beans and mix thoroughly.
  3. Be sure to taste to see if you need salt and pepper. Some of the beans I use are "no salt added" so those always need a bit of salt.
  4. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for one-half hour or longer if possible. If not, this salad is delicious right away, too.
1 star from 2 ratings of Three Bean Salad Recipe

Do You Know Beans?

Cannellini Beans Are Also

Known As White Kidney Beans.

Got Beans? - They're Nutritious and Delicious!

I love cannellini beans. They are also known as white kidney beans, and their texture is creamy and delicious.

Garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) are a bit meatier and give a nice bite to your salad.

Dark red kidney beans are so rich and delicious! The three beans together are a hit.

Do You Know Beans?

Garbanzo Beans Are Also

Known As Chick Peas.

Kitchen Tools Make Cooking Fun and Easy

OXO 1049953 Can Opener, Smooth Edge, Black
OXO 1049953 Can Opener, Smooth Edge, Black

I love my smooth edge can opener. It actually leaves the edges of the can smooth! This is perfect for crafting with cans, which I often do.

ExcelSteel 242 5-Quart Stainless Steel Colander
ExcelSteel 242 5-Quart Stainless Steel Colander

A nice big strainer like this easily will hold three cans of beans.


Olive Oil and The Rest of The Fixings

A delicious olive oil will bind this salad together without being heavy. Add your choice of spices to make this recipe your own.

Balsamic Vinegar, Diamond - 4 leaf (8.5oz)
Balsamic Vinegar, Diamond - 4 leaf (8.5oz)

Nice tangy balsamic vinegar gives a lovely finish to this three bean salad.

Starwest Botanicals Organic Garlic Powder, 1 Pound (Pack of 3)
Starwest Botanicals Organic Garlic Powder, 1 Pound (Pack of 3)

Just a bit of garlic gives a bite to this salad.


Do You Know Beans?

Red Kidney Beans Are Also

Known As Chili Beans.

Kidney bean tin can man.
Kidney bean tin can man.

Recycle the Cans!

Make a Tin Can Man

After you empty the beans from the cans, consider putting them to good use. Click this link to make a tin can man or three tin can men. After all, you'll have three empty cans!

These are easy to make and choosing a great can is part of the fun. A bean can works perfectly! You'll just need to collect some wire and bottle caps and you can make one for yourself or as a gift.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Do You Like Beans?

Do You Like Beans?

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      5 years ago

      My mouth is saying, "I want you now!".....I'm imagining that combo with the zip of the balsamic and the warmth of the cilantro....I guess I really don't know my beans very well, will have to find out what cannellini beans where is that monkey of mine! Delicious and plenty of protein and fiber with flavor...its all good! :)

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      5 years ago

      Beans are great - low fat and high nutrition.

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      5 years ago

      I love beans and I forgot about making this. Thanks for the reminder.

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      5 years ago

      Everyone in my family....except me....loves 3 bean salad! For me it's the vinegar that I can't do. You would think I would be ok with just 1 tablespoon of it though.

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      5 years ago

      My husband loves spicy three bean salad! I'll have to make this recipe for him!

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      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I enjoy TWO of the beans in the three bean salad. It's the texture of the gabanzo beans that I don't care for, but this salad is a classic and I can always substitute. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Yes I do. Going to try it one day soon.

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      6 years ago

      It looks good, I think I'll love it.

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      6 years ago

      I love thee-bean salad, but I've never made this recipe. (I use green, wax, and kidney beans in mine.) I'm going to try yours, cuz I love all the beans you use.

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      6 years ago

      I am allergic to beans so would probably end up with a swollen mouth and lips if I ate it, but my mother is a vegetarian and this would be perfect to make for her. I am always stuck for ideas for vegetarian food, so this is perfect. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      yum... looks great.. love bean salad

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I never have made bean salad, but could use an easy side dish to take to parties or for a buffet.

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      6 years ago

      Yes, sounds wonderful!


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