Three Bean Salad


You can never have too many side dish recipes, especially when they are as colorful and nutritious as this one! This Three Bean Salad is the perfect side dish to poultry and fish and with it’s blend of colors it’s perfectly festive for the season at hand. I would be a a fun twist to serve up this Thanksgiving instead of the same old green bean casserole. I love all the bright flavors and the burst of freshness in this salad. I also love that it’s something out of the norm from the classic lettuce loaded salads. It still has a delicious vinaigrette but instead of tossing that over greens and the classic tomatoes, cucumbers, etc it’s tossed over a mixture of fresh green beans, two types of kidney beans, bell pepper and a just a fair amount of red onion.

Three Bean Salad | Cooking Classy

Three Bean Salad | Cooking Classy

The great thing about this side dish, beyond it’s wonderful flavor, is that it’s perfectly hearty thanks to the two pulses it contains (the light red and dark red kidney beans).What exactly is a pulse? You may be asking. Pulses are any of the the following food items; beans, peas, chickpeas or lentils. Pulses are so versatile and with just a few seasoning they become so delicious. Not only are pulses so tasty, they are a healthy, sustainable food source. I’ve taken the pulse pledge this year and so should you! When you do, you commit to eating pulses once a week for 10 weeks and join a global food movement! Eating dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas helps reduce your carbon footprint – and it’s great for your health. Every 1/2 cup of cooked pulses delivers 9 grams of protein. All you have to do is visit and sign up!

Add this salad to your menu soon! Everyone will love it!

Three Bean Salad | Cooking Classy


Three Bean Salad

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt , or to taste
  • 12 oz . fresh green beans , ends trimmed, diced into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 yellow bell pepper , seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion , rinsed under warm water and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a small mixing bowl or jar whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, mustard and salt, set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile fill a medium mixing bowl with ice and water and set aside. Once water is boiling, add green beans and allow to boil about 3 - 4 minutes until tender. Drain and immediately transfer to ice water. Let rest for a few seconds then drain well.
  3. Add green beans, dark and light red kidney beans, bell pepper, red onion and parsley to a salad bowl. Whisk dressing mixture until well combined then pour over salad. Toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy


  • Tori//Gringalicious: What a great salad idea that would go perfect this season with any meal! November 1, 2016 at 4:59am Reply

  • DiB: You made my day with this recipe.I love green beans and beans in general.
    I have a question: How long will this stay fresh in the frig? I am thinking 3-5 days?
    Thank You.

    I love your recipes. I just found your website so haven t tried them yet. I know they will be good. I have always read cookbooks like a novel , at night in bed, and just by reading a recipe you know. . . . November 1, 2016 at 5:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it should keep for a couple days, but keep in mind some of the liquids do start to break down like that in the green beans after the first day.
      I’m so glad you found my site! November 1, 2016 at 12:13pm Reply

  • 2pots2cook: It is always perfect to have simple ingredients prepared a new way ! Thank you also for the marvelous photos. November 1, 2016 at 7:05am Reply

  • June: This recipe is going to be on the holiday table for sure November 1, 2016 at 8:38am Reply

  • Paige: This salad looks amazing!

    Paige November 1, 2016 at 11:32am Reply

  • Carole: Love the looks of this salad. Are you using Cannellini (white kidney) beans rather than light red kidney beans? November 1, 2016 at 1:31pm Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: This looks delicious! And such gorgeous color! November 1, 2016 at 5:07pm Reply

  • Char: Looks yummy! I’ve never made three bean salad using Dijon mustard but I’m definitely trying this. (always used regular vinegar but I bet white wine vinegar has a nice taste) Thanks for sharing…think I’ll add this to my Thanksgiving menu. November 18, 2016 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Char :)! November 18, 2016 at 11:38pm Reply

  • Emma @ Charlotte general contractors: This looks tasty! As well as such stunning color! I’ve never ever made three bean salad making use of Dijon mustard however I’m absolutely attempting this. Many thanks for sharing … believe I’ll include this to my Thanksgiving menu. November 21, 2016 at 10:29pm Reply

  • Louise Laflamme: Just the three bean salad I was looking for. Sounds so good, I will prepare this weekend. Thank you. December 1, 2016 at 7:33am Reply

  • Valerie: I pinned this awhile back and just got around to making it tonight. I had to comment because it was SO good, light and fresh and tons of flavor! My whole family loved it, even my 4-year-old who won’t eat anything called “salad”. Will definitely be adding this to our side dish rotation! May 7, 2017 at 6:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it Valerie! May 9, 2017 at 1:19pm Reply

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