Easy Classic Bean Salad

This easy Bean Salad recipe is a great side dish in the summer but yet hearty enough for a fall side as well! Quick to make, packed with flavor, and travels well making it perfect for potlucks!

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This easy classic Bean Salad recipe is a great side dish in the summer but yet hearty enough for a fall side as well! Quick to make, packed with flavor, and travels well making it perfect for potlucks! Print recipe at TidyMom.net #sidedish #beansalad #summer #potluck #beans

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Easy Classic Bean Salad

Who’s ready to make beans great again?! 

I think we all know that beans can get a bit of a dull reputation. They are often associated with something that’s just there for extra protein or vegetable source. 

Well, that stops today because this easy classic bean salad recipe is about to knock your socks off. This go-to party side dish pretty much having its own party in a bowl.

Four types of beans and a sweet yet tangy marinate come together to make a combo you won’t stop talking about. 

Classic bean salad in a vintage Corningware dish

What’s In A Classic Bean Salad? 

Your mom probably made three bean, salad, but it’s time to kick things up a notch and try it with four beans! I know that might sound crazy, but trust me that extra bean variety it totally worth it! 

If you want to stick to the age-old classic three bean recipe, you” just use green beans, waxed beans and kidney beans. If you like to live on the edge and switch things up then add cannellini beans, as I did, or try it with garbanzo beans. Both are great options to add some extra flavor to this classic dish. 

What are Yellow Wax Beans?

Yellow wax beans are almost exactly like green beans. They essentially start out the same, but the different properties used to grow them results in their difference in color and texture. 

Green beans get their color from chlorophyll, and yellow wax beans differ because they have been bred without the chlorophyll to end up with no pigment. 

Most people say this difference doesn’t change the flavor much at all. So if you’re a fan of greem beans, I wouldn’t shy away from wax beans. 

four types of bean for the classic bean salad recipe

Tips For Making A Bean Salad People Will Go Crazy Over!

  • Use fresh beans: Many recipes call for canned green beans but I highly recommend using fresh. There is no denying the difference in quality between the two. Fresh is going to give you a way better result. just no comparison in the quality
  • Blanch the beans: when using fresh green beans and waxed beans – trim the ends, cut into 2-inch pieces, then blanch for 3 minutes in boiling water then rinse in cold water and drain.
  • Don’t rush the recipe: be sure to let the salad marinate at least 8 hours for the flavors to meld but 24-48 hours is even better 
  • Serve with a slotted spoon: the dressing/marinade is not really meant to be served/eaten with this salad – serve with a slotted spoon so you don’t get a plate full of liquid
  • Make it sweet or tangy: This salad is on the sweet side and gets better and better the longer it sits. Feel free to cut down the sugar down if you prefer more tangy than sweet (or increase the vinegar) 

Bean salad on a plate with pulled pork

Make This Bean Salad at Your Next Party

There’s no better backyard bbq party dish than good homemade bean salad! It’s the perfect dish to simply whip together with no hassle. Not to mention, one batch makes enough to feed you and all your closest friends and family!

Now you just need a main dish to go with your perfect party side. Here are a few of my favorite backyard party dishes.

Serve this with:

Amazing Pulled Pork

Creamy Dill Chicken Salad Sandwich

Garlic Dill Flank Steak Sliders

Fried BBQ Chicken Skillet Dinner

STL Style BBQ Ribs

Not Just A Party Side

With the qualities I stated above, it’s clear bean salad was pretty much made for parties, but don’t just stop there. This recipe is a great dinner dish too. Growing up in the midwest we served bean salad with dinners more often than not. 

Don’t worry about having a bunch of leftovers if you don’t have a crowd to feed at your weeknight dinners. Simply just add some bowtie pasta to what’s left and let it sit overnight in the fridge for a whole new salad the next day. 

spoonful of bean salad

Don’t Miss Even More Amazing Party Side Dish Recipes

Caprese Pasta Salad A fresh, easy and simple summer pasta salad perfect for BBQs. It has all the flavors of a traditional Caprese salad in pasta form!

Guacamole Deviled Eggs A new take on everybody’s favorite comforting appetizer, it’s amazing how a little tweak like adding smashed avocado, garlic salt, and lemon really takes them over the top.  Serve ’em up on game days, and right through the spring holidays.

BLT Red Potato Salad Made with an avocado ranch dressing along with bacon, lettuce, and tomato! It’s a simple crowd-pleasing side dish for any size gathering.

Maple Dijon Apple Coleslaw A healthy coleslaw recipe with a sweet and savory twist on the classic picnic salad. The creamy dressing is lightened up with Greek yogurt for a coleslaw without mayo. You can enjoy this quick and easy side dish at a barbecue or party any time of the year.

Grilled Carrots With Chipotle Lime Dip Seasoned grilled carrots with chipotle lime dip is a surprisingly easy and healthy way to serve carrots, and boy are they full of flavor. They make a wonderful snack or a great addition to your dinner table tonight!

Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Corn on the Cob The best and the fastest method to cook corn on the cob. Brushed with garlic Parmesan butter, this corn on the cob is the perfect summer side dish!

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This easy classic Bean Salad recipe is a great side dish in the summer but yet hearty enough for a fall side as well! Quick to make, packed with flavor, and travels well making it perfect for potlucks! Print recipe at TidyMom.net #sidedish #beansalad #summer #potluck #beans

Your New Backyard BBQ Favorite!

In a sea full of pasta salads and mac and cheese, this classic bean salad recipe is sure to stand out in the crowd at your next party. So be that one who steps outside the box and show up with a side dish no one will be able to forget. Trust me you’ll thank me later!

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Classic Bean Salad

Classic Bean Salad

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 5 minutes
This classic Bean Salad recipe is a great side dish in the summer but yet hearty enough for a fall side as well! Quick to make, packed with flavor, and travels well making it perfect for potlucks!

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) can green beans, drained
  • 1 (14 ounce) can yellow waxed beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans
  • 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or olive oil)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix beans, onion, sugar, vinegar and oil in large bowl.
  2. Salt and pepper to taste, cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours (it's best if it can sit 24 hours)

Notes

  • if you want less sweetness, try cutting the sugar down to 1/2 or even 1/4 cup or try adding more vinegar.

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