|Alternative names||Three Bean Salad, Four Bean Salad, etc.|
|Main ingredients||Beans (green beans, yellow wax beans), garbanzo beans, kidney beans, onions, peppers or other vegetables|
Bean salad is a common cold salad composed of various cooked beans – green 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. It can also be prepared as a pickled dish.
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." 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; the principal ingredients, the beans, have already been cooked and the vinaigrette helps to temporarily preserve the dish without refrigeration.
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