4 Bean Salad

"grandma's recipe it is always gets eaten all up at most potlucks not too sweet nor too vinegary best if made 2-3 days ahead The longer it sits the better it tastes"
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Ready In:
1 large bowl




  • Mix dressing add all beans drained and rinced.
  • refrigerate toss every once in a while, refrigerate at least overnight.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I use a healthier oil for this recipe?
  2. Can I can this 4 bean salad? If so how?
  3. Can you can this 3 bean salad?


  1. This is the same as my grandma's recipe also, minus the celery. It is so good - much better than what you can buy at the store, and so easy/cheap to make. Our kids LOVE this recipe. Eat your beans!
  2. I used only 1/2 cup sugar, but it was terrific and easy, a total repeater!!
  3. A perfect yet simple bean salad. Mine was great after only 3 hours and I am sure it will be even better tomorrow. Served aside some BBQ. . .so good! A keeper of a recipe if you are a bean salad fan!!!
  4. LOVE this recipe! I prep my own chickpeas, but use one can each of wax beans, green beans, and red/kidney beans. All drained, and the red/kidney rinsed and drained again. Use just 1/2 cp sugar, and add 1/2-1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes. YUM!!!!
  5. This is the best basic recipe accdg to my bunch. I use rice wine vinegar, a bit less sugar, and a bit of fresh thyme or parsley. I combine the above over low heat(enamel or glass pan); then cool before adding to the rest. :)


  1. Went on the Asian flair side…sesame oil, fresh ginger grated super fine, fresh garlic smashed to paste and a few red Chile flakes. Used a can of prepared garbanzos, a pound of garden fresh green and wax yellow beans, half a yellow onion finely sliced and cut to quarter rounds and a splash of lemon juice. The fresh picked green and wax beans were washed, trimmed and snapped into thirds, boiled three minutes in a heavy salted water with a tsp of baking soda, then ice bathed. Made for a nice Al dente bean. Since I did not have all the ingredients as listed I just went rogue and it worked out great. Wish I had red and green bell peppers to add, but we are having to just make due and get by with what we have in the house today and not drive to town with $5/gallon diesel.


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