Bean salad

Bean salad
A colourful bean salad made with white beans, peppers, and onions
Alternative names Three Bean Salad, Four Bean Salad, etc.
Type Salad
Main ingredients Beans (green beans, yellow wax beans), garbanzo beans, kidney beans, onions, peppers or other vegetables
Cookbook: Bean salad  Media: Bean salad

Bean salad is a common cold salad composed of various cooked beansgreen beans, yellow wax beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans – and typically fresh raw onions, peppers, and/or other vegetables, tossed in a vinaigrette and characteristically sweetened with sugar.[1] It can also be prepared as a pickled dish.[2]

It is common in some parts of the United States to refer to this sort of salad by the number of different beans it contains, e.g. "three bean salad" or "four bean salad."[3] The generic term "bean salad" can also be used to refer to related dishes, like variants containing starches such as barley, pasta, or rice.


Since at least the 19th century, salads using cooked beans have been commonly used for picnics and outings;[4][5] the principal ingredients, the beans, have already been cooked and the vinaigrette helps to temporarily preserve the dish without refrigeration.

See also


  1. Green, O. (1909). One Thousand Salads. Putnam's homemaker series. G.P. Putnam's Sons. p. 131. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  2. Better Homes and Gardens Can It!. Better Homes and Gardens Cooking. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-544-17842-7. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  3. Bilderback, L. (2009). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sensational Salads. The Complete Idiot's Guide Series. Alpha Books. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-59257-825-2. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  4. "The Maine Ingredient: Spice up a picnic with mango-bean salad and bold brownies". Portland Press Herald. June 28, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  5. by N.S. Gill. "The Legendary Phoenix in Ancient History". Retrieved 2017-12-22.

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