Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (2024)

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Four Bean Salad is a perfect side dish for those hot summer grilling nights! This zesty bean salad is a great summer side dish or potluck favorite, a colorful mix of canned beans tossed with a sweet-tangy dressing!

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This homemade dressing is so easy and adjustable, if you want it a little less tangy just add more sugar. I used canned green beans but you could use fresh if you want. Make this over the weekend and enjoy it all week long! It's a great dish that only gets better the longer it sits.

Why this recipe works

This classic bean salad is a refreshing and easy side dish, that can be made ahead of time. Perfect for any barbecue or potluck like my Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad. It makes a great side dish to almost any meal like my Grilled Teriyaki Steak, or my Grilled Soy Sauce Chicken.

Ingredients needed for this recipe

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Ingredients Notes

  • Sugar- You can add more or less according to your taste.
  • Apple cider vinegar-White vinegar can be used in a pinch.
  • Green Beans-Canned or fresh works here.
  • Yellow Wax Beans-If you can't find these just use another can of green beans.
  • Kidney beans-Both dark red kidney beans and light red are fine.
  • Garbanzo beans-Also is known as chickpeas and a great addition to this salad.
  • Red Onions- Or white onions if you prefer.
  • Pimentos- Or a finely diced red bell pepper.

How to make this Four Bean Salad

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  • Step 1-In a small bowl mix all the dressing ingredients together until combined.
  • Step 2-Add the drained beans and other ingredients to a large salad bowl.
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Recipe tips

  • This salad is even better the next day when all the flavors have melded together.
  • Top with some fresh dill or fresh basil instead of fresh parsley.
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Can I use fresh green beans?

I prefer canned beans for this salad. But you can use fresh you will just have to blanch them first to soften them up. Just lightly boil them in water until desired tenderness. Then add them to ice water to stop the cooking process.

Can I use other beans in this recipe?

You can really use just about any beans, so feel free to swap out for cannellini beans, lima beans, pinto beans, or even black beans.

Do you need to rinse canned beans?

Yes, kidney beans and garbanzo beans are packed in a thick liquid that I always advise to rise off. Just place in a colander and rinse with cold water.

How to store this salad

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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What to serve with this recipe

  • Sweet N Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs
  • Bacon-Wrapped Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs
  • Spicy Teriyaki Grilled Steak Kebabs
  • Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri

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Four Bean salad is a perfect side dish on those hot summer nights!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 4 hours hrs

Total Time 4 hours hrs 10 minutes mins

Course Sides

Cuisine American

Servings 8

Calories 260 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1- 14.5 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1- 14.5 oz can garbanzo beans
  • 1- 15 oz can green beans
  • 1- 15 oz can wax beans
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1- 2 oz jar diced pimentos
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk together sugar, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper and set aside.

  • Drain and rinse all the canned beans and pimentos and place them in a large bowl. Add onion, parsley, and dressing and mix until combined.

  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Notes

Sugar- You can add more or less according to your taste.

Yellow Wax Beans-If you can't find these just use another can of green beans.

Pimentos- Or a finely diced red bell pepper.

Nutrition

Serving: 8ServingsCalories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 265mgFiber: 10gSugar: 19g

Keyword bean salad, Beans

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  1. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (12)Wendie

    Yay, Brenda I'm so happy to hear that 🙂

  2. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (13)Brenda Robinson

    My husband and I love this salad! We are making it weekly, and it's not getting old.
    Thank you for a great recipe.

  3. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (14)Wendie

    Me too Loretta! 🙂

  4. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (15)Loretta Huber

    Love this salad.

  5. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (16)Wendie

    Its our fav too Tina! Thanks for the great review 🙂

  6. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (17)Tina Burgett

    Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (18)
    Just looking at that salad is making me hungry.

  7. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (19)Wendie

    Hmmm yeah the recipe card calculates it all. Sugar and olive oil have the most calories in the ingredients. But I'm glad you like it 🙂

  8. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (20)Sue Knapp

    Not sure how you came up with your calories per serving, I got 176 calories when I entered the recipe into Lose It? Delicious recipe, though. Taking it to my church potluck.

  9. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (21)Wendie

    A couple days ahead would be fine. Nothing in it that will get soggy. Hope that helps Lisa 🙂

  10. Easy Four Bean salad Recipe-Butter Your Biscuit (22)Lisa

    How far ahead can you make this salad?

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