Three Bean Salad with Fresh Green Beans

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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After many days of contemplating what to serve as a tasting this week at the farmers market, I decided to do an old favorite, this three bean salad! Although I didn’t grow up eating this, I’m sure many of you did. Whether you bought it at a deli, or used canned beans as a quick side dish, this will always make people think back to a “comfort food” state of mind. I actually decided on this recipe because most people know how to make chili with kidney beans, but need help making them in new ways. Also, this salad is great for a large crowd, an outdoor event,  and will be a wonderful accompaniment to any BBQ! Check you local listing of organic farms that may be selling dried beans and fresh beans. Or just pop over to a farmer’s market for a vendor.

Bean Nutrition:

  • You can actually pump up your heart by replacing a daily serving of red meat with a serving of beans, and this recipe does just that!
  • Most important Beans to eat are: chickpea, black beans, soy beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, and navy beans.
  • All types of beans—including black, cranberry, Great Northern, dark red kidney, light red kidney, white kidney, navy, pink, pinto, and small red—are good sources of protein, excellent sources of fiber, and naturally fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. Many types are also good sources of potassium.


Three Bean Salad

I do prefer buying organic beans for my dishes and I do look for Eden products.


Three Bean Salad with Fresh Green Beans

This updated version of an old classic salad has fresh green beans with green olives for added flavor and a salty bite.
Course Salad
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword beans, green beans, salad
Author Bon-Appetit


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups kidney beans, cooked
  • 2 cups garbanzo beans, cooked
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, lightly cooked
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • salt and pepper


  1. Whisk first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and toss to blend.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours and up to a day.

You may also want to try my other bean dishes:

Greek String Beans

Greek Style Green Beans

Black Turtle Beans

Black Turtle Beans

Greek Style Fava Beans

Greek Style Fava Beans

Beans are protein boosters!

Enjoy, Mary 



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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tammy

How about Kalamata olives in there too? Do you think it would work? Thank you.

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Of Course! Cooking is all about using what you have on hand, and improvising.

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