Mabel Drake's Three Bean Salad

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by smellyvegetarian

This is one of those recipes that you just can't walk away from at the summer potluck. My sister's MIL makes it and I beg her for it every chance I get! Apparently it is a family recipe in her hubby's family, though I can't say I know who Mabel was. Regardless, I owe thanks to Mabel for a darn fine salad that is bright, refreshing, and COMPLETELY addictive! Number of servings is my best guess, and prep time does not include overnight refrigeration.

Top Review by Katzen

Yum-my! This is not like any bean salad I've every had before. Generally, I'll try the bean salad from a potluck, buffet, or BBQ, like a good vegetarian, sure I'll like it... I mean, I like the stuff IN it, right? But, what I end up coming away with is the oily, tasteless and mooshy stuff they pass off as bean salad; usually what's generated from store Delis or what exists in pails on the shelf. De-LISH! Now, your Aunt Mabel, she has a good recipe here... how'd you get this masterpiece from her? When I tried this, I'd reached bean salad heaven - no oversalted, mooshy, oily, tasteless goop! Hurray! I did make some minor adjustments - held back a bit on the sugar, tripped on the pepper, used frozen organic yellow and green beans instead of canned, and added a few stalks of crunchy celery. Thanks so much for holding down Mabel to get this recipe for us! ;) Made for Veggie Swap 28 - September.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine beans through green pepper and set aside.
  2. Slightly warm remaining ingredients in a pan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Do not let this get hot!
  3. Stir into bean mixture to coat and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Drain well before serving and toss with oil to seal in marinade flavor.

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