This Old Fashioned Three Bean Salad is the perfect simple and fresh make-ahead side dish for summer. It’s packed with crisp-tender green beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans, purple onion, and fresh rosemary all tossed in a homemade tangy red wine vinaigrette dressing.
Easy 3 Bean Salad Recipe
Looking for a super simple and fresh side dish to bring to potlucks, picnics, BBQs, or just to enjoy at home? This three bean salad recipe is it!
This delicious fresh salad is made with three different types of beans, a couple of additional mix-ins, and a super simple homemade, sugar-free dressing. The result is a fresh, super flavorful dish that everyone will love.
And bonus: it’s so customizable! Swap in more of your favorite beans, add in other fresh veggies, or use another dressing. The variation possibilities are endless!
What is Three Bean Salad Made Of?
This sugar free three bean salad is made with, of course, three types of beans along with a couple of other add-ins! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Green Beans: I like to blanch fresh green beans for this salad. The crisp-tender texture is unmatched by canned green beans!
- Canned Beans: Our two other beans for this three bean salad recipe are chickpeas and cannellini beans.
- Purple Onion: Diced purple onion adds a bright, tangy flavor to the salad.
- Rosemary: I love the flavor of fresh, chopped rosemary.
- Red Wine Vinaigrette: We’re soaking our 3 bean salad in a simple homemade red wine vinaigrette with no sugar added.
How to Make Old Fashioned Three Bean Salad
This easy three bean salad recipe comes together in a total of 20 minutes!
See the recipe card below for the ingredient amounts and full instructions.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add in the green beans and cook until bright green but still crisp. Drain and immediately transfer to an ice bath. Drain again and place into a large bowl.
- Combine the green beans with chickpeas, cannellini beans, rosemary, red onion, and dressing, then toss to combine. Place into the fridge for a couple of hours or ideally overnight.
Tips and Notes
- Rinse the beans. Don’t forget to drain the liquid out of the cans of beans and rinse them with cold water. This helps remove excess starch and salt for a fresher texture.
- Chop the onions small. Purple onions have a pretty strong flavor, so I recommend dicing them pretty darn small so the onion is well-distributed throughout the salad. We don’t want any big chunks!
- Make it ahead of time! I highly recommend making this salad a day in advance so it can sit in the fridge overnight. Allowing it to sit gives the dressing time to really soak into everything for the best flavor.
- Try other beans. Add in more beans or swap the beans listed out for another variety. Try kidney beans, wax beans, lima beans, or pinto beans!
- Use other mix-ins. Give your salad some extra flavor and texture by adding in minced garlic, chopped celery, fresh parsley, cooked and crumbled bacon, or corn.
- Brighten it up. Stir in a squeeze of lime juice or swap the red wine vinaigrette out for apple cider vinegar dressing.
- Add a grain. Want to bulk your salad up even more? Try mixing in a scoop of cooked and cooled quinoa.
Refrigerator: Leftover three bean salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Freezer: To freeze three bean salad, wrap it tightly in a freezer-safe container and store it for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge.
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- 1 lb. green beans, fresh, ends trimmed and beans halved
- 15 ounce(s) chickpeas, 1 can, rinsed and drained
- 15 ounce(s) cannellini beans, 1 can, rinsed and drained
- ⅓ cup purple onion, diced
- ¼ cup rosemary, fresh, chopped
- ¾ cup red wine vinaigrette
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the green beans into water for 2 to 3 minutes until they’re bright green but still crisp. Drain, and transfer to an ice bath. Drain a second time, and transfer the beans to a large bowl.1 lb. green beans
- Add the chickpeas, cannellini beans, rosemary, red onion, and the red wine vinaigrette. Toss to combine.15 ounce(s) chickpeas15 ounce(s) cannellini beans⅓ cup purple onion¼ cup rosemary¾ cup red wine vinaigrette
- Cover and let the salad set overnight in the refrigerator. The following day, set it out to come to warm slightly, and serve.
- Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage recommendations.