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Simple Three Bean Salad on a plate

Simple 3 Bean Salad

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A delicious and simple 3 bean salad combining hearty beans with a zesty vinaigrette dressing. Perfect for a BBQ or side dish. 

The standard recipe provides 4 sizable portions (around 1 cup each).


  • 400g tin kidney beans (240g / 8.5oz drained weight)
  • 400g tin cannellini beans (240g / 8.5oz drained weight)
  • 400g tin aduki beans (240g / 8.5oz drained weight)
  • 1 yellow pepper, finely diced (around 250 g)
  • 1 red onion, finely diced (around 75 g)
  • 20 basil leaves, finely chopped


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juice only


1. Rinse and drain all the kidney beans.

Simple Three Bean Salad Step 1 Rinse Beans

2. Mix together the beans with the onions and pepper. 

2. Mix together all the dressing ingredients and then stir in the basil leaves. Add the dressing to the salad and gently stir everything through. 

Simple Three Bean Salad Step 1 Mix Dressing


  1. If you are planning on not serving immediately or freezing then don’t dress until you are ready to eat. 
  2. Feel free to substitute any of the beans for another tinned variety – or even sweetcorn. You can also use steamed or blanched green beans if you want a lighter option.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 286
  • Fat: 286g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Protein: 15g

Keywords: salad, beans, lunch, bbq, side dish