Classic 3 Bean Salad

Classic salads like 3 bean salad, carrot salad or coleslaw are not only colorful, delicious and nutritious, but they’re also very practical and economical. Our parents and grandparents used home preserves and garden grown veggies that could be stored throughout the winter (apples, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, onions, etc) to make these incredible salads. Once you try them, you’ll understand why they’re classics!

close up of green and yellow beans with kidney beans, parsley and onions
You can always count on the Classic 3 Bean Salad!

Also Try these Simple Salads: Classic Carrot Apple Salad, Apple & Beet Salad, Blood Orange Tangerine Salad and 23 Year-Round Fave No-Lettuce Salads.

Here’s a three bean salad that uses canned or frozen wax beans.  In these photos, I used frozen beans from my garden. For another version of this salad that includes fresh basil see Green Bean and Basil Salad and for an even more jazzy version check out the Green Bean, Feta and Tomato Salad.

close up of green and yellow beans with kidney beans, parsley and onions
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Classic 3 Bean Salad

A classic delicious and colorful salad that can be made the day ahead. Use frozen or canned beans.
Prep : 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Getty Stewart



  • 2 cups green beans frozen or canned
  • 2 cups yellow beans frozen or canned
  • 1 can 19 oz red kidney beans
  • 2 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley fresh or frozen


  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning or 1/4 tsp oregano and 1/4 tsp basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Mix beans, onions and parsley in salad bowl.
  • Mix all dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously to mix all ingredients
  • Toss beans with dressing.
  • Allow flavors to blend for 30 minutes or overnight before serving.
  • Taste and adjust flavor before serving as the beans will absorb some of the seasoning.


Store in fridge for up to 1 week.
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Sodium: 24mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: affordable, Bean Salad, budget friendly, no lettuce salad, winter salads

Do you have a favorite classic recipe that has withstood the test of time?  I’d love to try it!

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