Three Bean Salad

Three bean salad is the most basic of the bean salad recipes. This little gem of a salad is often overlooked by people who spend hours searching for the exotic. A little trick I use sometimes is to add a handful of roasted peanuts just before serving to add some crunch. This isn't cheating because the peanut is a bean and not a nut. Submitted by David McCarthy, Australia


  • 1 16 oz can (450 grams) green beans
  • 1 16 oz can (450 grams) kidney beans
  • 1 16 oz can (450 grams) wax beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 1/4 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • Roasted peanuts (optional)


Drain the three kinds of beans and place them in a bowl.

Add all ingredients except the onion.

Mix well and chill several hours.

Add peanuts (optional) and onion before serving.

Adjust quantities to suit the number of people being served.


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