Carol's Three (or Four) Bean Salad

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

I love three bean salad, but have never found a recipe I really liked until my friend Carol Bolduc gave this one to me. She makes it in the summer at Mrs. B.'s Deli in Lake George, NY and I fell in LOVE the first time I had it. It's really simple but, oh, so good!! This makes alot of dressing so I usually omit the chickpeas (personal pref.) and use two cans of wax beans.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine sugar, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Drain beans and mix together with onions in a large bowl.
  4. Pour dressing mixture over beans and stir well.
  5. Allow to marinate for at least two hours in the refrigerator to chill and to allow flavors to meld.
  6. The longer you let this sit, the better it gets!
Most Helpful

This is an easy to prepare recipe, and is yummy! I used 2 cans of green beans, 1 can of wax beans, and 1 can of dark red kidney beans. I substituted apple cider vinegar because that is what I had on hand.

Therese D. April 22, 2014

As Three or Four Bean salads go, this is terrific! I have tried a lot of them and have an extensive library of those that didn't work. This is the best I've found. If you are in a hurry, try "Newman's Own Balsamic Vinegarette" as a shortcut to the the dressing recipe. It is tasty and doesn't require any time. In any event, give this recipe a try!

Grease August 13, 2007

A co-worker gave me her recipe and yours is almost exact so placing rating here for future use. Also added 1 green pepper and 2-3 stalks celery sliced thinly. Sugar was reduced to less than 1/2 cup, used white regular vinegar with a splash of red wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp dill weed and 2 tsp chopped parsley. Her recipe called for 1/4 cup oil. I will definitely try your list of ingredients and we all enjoyed a bean salad.

karen in tbay July 31, 2007