Three Bean Salad

Total Time:
4 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
4 hr

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (16-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can cut green beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can cut golden wax beans, drained
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Greek seasoning
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

In a medium bowl, combine first 6 ingredients.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard, and Greek seasoning. Pour over bean mixture; cover and chill 4 hours, stirring occasionally.


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Great tasting just like all of Paulas dishes item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love three bean salad and this recipe hits all the right notes for me. I really like my three bean salad to have that vinegar bite. I also used olive oil but if you do make sure that it is a light flavored one as an assertive olive oil may overwhelm all of the other flavors. I think Italian seasoning would work just as well as Greek seasoning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderfull, I didn't use the mushrooms and I don't know what Greek Seasoning is (I used Italian. Other than that Boom. Yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I felt this recipe was dominated by the Dijon mustard and vinegar. It needed slight tweaking. After the addition of 1 Tablespoon of sugar and 4 more tablespoons of chopped red onion it tasted much better. Greek seasoning was not available locally so I made my own from a recipe on another site. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and healthy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!!!! This is really, really yummy. Made it as one of the sides for Christmas and everyone loved it. I will definitely be making it again. I actually cut down on the oil used, but even then, could probably cut down on it even more. Next time I make this, I am going to double or triple the recipe because it's so good! I should mention that I made the recipe exactly as stated except for cutting down on the oil and omitting the mushrooms. Didn't miss them. Also, used olive oil instead of vegetable oil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Savory goodness! Unlike many three bean's, it is not sweet. Paula selected a mustard vinagrette, which is quite tasty. I used a combo of green, butter, and red beans. The green lighten the salad, the butter make a lovely addition to the dressing, almost creamy, and the red give it heartiness. This is quite flexible and it has become a staple in my fridge. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Didn't have Kidney beans - used black beans, omitted mushrooms (didn't have any, used green pepper, white onion and made our own greek seasoning from herbs on hand (garlic powder, oregano, basil, marjoram and thyme. Salted to taste. Added a little lime juice. It was WONDERFUL!! The acid from the juice helps the vinegar cut the oil. Will make again and again and...... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Flavor galore! I actually made this recipe exactly like Paula said and it was very tasty. Everyone loved it. Couldn't find the Greek seasoning, so got a recipe off the internet to make it. Never been a fan of bean salad, but the different flavors in this makes me a fan now. I found the spices to ingredients to oil to be a perfect balance. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched the show today and this really good, my husband walked in and said I want that tonight with some steak and the rice pudding! (that you also had on the same show! I made it and it was really good. Keeper in my recipe box! Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok, but definitely would reduce the oil and seasoning, it was too oily and salty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I really liked this. Different take on three bean salad, i.e., not sweet. Loved the Greek flavoring (used Cavender's). item not reviewed by moderator and published
luvs the greek flavor in this one...so good!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! I tweaked it a little and added some lemon juice and zest. I only had cider vinegar available, so i only used 2 tablespoons, but it turned out fantastic! I can't wait to make this again. Even my picky 3 year old ate it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and quite tasty! Great to take to a party or just have something out of the norm. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad was so delicious and easy to make. i didnt find greek seasoning so i used all my italian seasonings and garlic powder and it came out wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula outdid herself on this one. I had never really heard of Greek Seasoning but found it easily in the spice aisle. I knew when I watched Paula make this one that I would love it. And right I was! I can't wait to make it for my next party. I'm sure everyone will agree. I used garbanzo beans instead of kidney beans. I think just about anything would be good in this easy to make salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this using Paula's recipe and there just isn't enough kick to it. The canned beans leave it flat, so I added some salt and red pepper flakes. It made a tremendous difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great healthy side dish which is a surprise from Paula (no offense) who usually cooks everything with butter... However, I felt that something was missing so I added some lime juice.. mmmmm... It kicked up all the wonderful flavors of the dressing and made it more tasty without having to add fatty/unhealthy ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hey, everyone! I use Cavender's All Purpose Greek Seasoning in an 8 oz. yellow/ white and red canister in the spice/herb isle. I love it on meats and vegetables! This dish is FAB! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grew up in home where there was always three bean salad on our table at big holiday meals. This recipe is better than the one my grandmother made (yikes!) I can also say that it's even better the day after thanksgiving. Leave the mushrooms out until right before serving, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, I made this exactly as called for and it was wonderful. I tripled it for a dinner party side dish - lots of compliments. I followed the advice of one of the previous reviewers and picked up the Greek Seasoning at Wal-Mart - thought it added a nice flavor, though the fresh mushrooms were what gave it all the flair. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this just like the recipe said took one bite and almost threw up item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this salad for a family get together and got great reviews. I made a few modifications. I omitted the mushrooms and wax beans. I used garbanzo beans instead. The seasoning and dressing were perfect-not bland. I let it sit for about 3 hours before serving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just discovered Greek Seasoning and was really excited to find a salad which used it. It is 'Cavender's Greek Seasoning'. I get mine at Wal-Mart for about $2 - $3 for 8 ounces. It rocks!!! I use it on garden salads, vegetables, etc. Hope this those having trouble with the Greek Seasoning! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My G-Ma had me search the web high and low for this seasoning to this salad. Since I finally found it and I noticed quite a few others here were having the same issue I thought I qwould help out and post my findings. This I found on another recipe of hers where she used the Greek Seasoning. Enjoy the fruits of my labor: Greek Seasoning: 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons garlic powder Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't find a recipe for Greek Seasonings. Usually Paula includes the recipes for the special seasonings she uses, but not this time. Can anyone offer some suggestions? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a quick and tasty way to get your veggies. My two year old LOVES beans and loves this salad warm or cold. I use whatever I have in the pantry. I used garbanzo beans because I didn't have kidney and added beets because we love them. Just an obvious point - This is only a cheap dish if you already have all of the spices necessary to make a "Greek Seasoning." If not, you'll spend a fortune getting all of the spices necessary. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very tasty dish but I don't really care for my beans to be cold so I heated mine up. However, my husband loves it cold! Great as a side dish, meal or snack. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
could use a little more punch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a 3 bean salad fan. Usually, they don't have enough UMFFF. This one does and is so good and refreshing for a summer bbq or just a weeknight meal. Very versatile. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great! I followed it to the letter and even my husband who refuses to waste time on sides had seconds. I would definitely make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
worth it for how simple it is. i've made it twice and will make it again. only one substitution- if you haven't had wax beans before test them before you dump them in, i didn't care for them. Instead, I used a can of lentils and that was a way better choice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What is Greek Seasoning? Ouzo and Feta Cheese with a big hairy chest? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I recently took on cooking as a new hobby, and came across this recipe last night. I have to say, for it's simplicity and preparation time, the salad was sensational! I followed the recipe for the most part, disregarding the four hours of marinating. I was only able to get in two and a half hours, but the result was still near perfect. It's been in the fridge marinating all night, so now I can't wait to eat the leftovers and see what it's really suppose to taste like! I would whole-heartedly reccomend this dish to anyone who is looking for an easy side. Way to go Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did make a couple of minor changes to the recipes, but nothing that strays too far from the original idea. I omitted mushrooms because I'm not a big fan, cut back on the greek seasoning a little (first ingredient was salt so I didn't want it to be too salty), and used frozen green beans instead of canned. I definitely think using frozen instead of canned is the way to go. I guess that's all up to individual tastes but I have a very strong dislike for canned green beans and I don't think any amount of rinsing and marinating would fool me! But the flavors are all dead on. Really love the red bell pepper. Gives it a great bite and nice texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula was so right. This was inexpensive, quick to make and didn't taste canned after it was marinated. I don't like the usual sweet three bean salad so this vinegar and herb dressing was perfect. I used herbs from my cabinet to make the Greek seasoning by the suggestion of other reviewers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula's recipes always cut straight to the chase -- simple, good food with a lot of taste for a modest amount of effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great salad for a side dish or lunchtime meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Usually love Paula's stuff. This was horrible. Took one bite and threw it away without serving. Way too much seasoning.Very disappointing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoy that people give tips and hints for tweaking recipes here. A lot of times I don't like one ingredient and someone offers a good suggestion for another option. Or sometimes they just give tips for making a recipe turn out better. I love all the suggestions that people make. It really helps me to learn. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make a lot of three bean salads, and this one tops them all. I'd never heard of Greek seasoning, so found a recipe for it on the 'net and made that. Tasting the salad immediately after mixing it made me think it was too sharp, but the four hour chilling made all the difference in the world. There's much to be said for allowing flavors to "marry". I'll be making this one frequently. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, fast, inexpensive. I am allergic to peppers, so I had to leave that out. In place of it, I added some finely diced celery for more texture. I used extra-virgin olive oil in place of the vegetable oil, so much more flavor, especially when eating it uncooked. As the others before me said, this salad is usually made sweet. You could still add a little sugar if you wanted to experiment, but I found it didn't need it. And just for the record, I agree with the observation cited by "anonymous" and how a reviewer from MA said she is perturbed that some of us 'change' ingredients from what it was 'intended.' It's food snobbery to take that attitude. Perhaps what perturbs the rest of us about that person is her "Iron Chef" purist mentality. It's rigid and inappropriate here in a forum of this nature. That person would have you think one was creating a Frankenstein instead of a 3-bean salad b/c of an ingredient change! I like hearing of others' experiments with a recipe and what worked for them. It's called sharing tips and ideas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unlike JOANNE from Shirley NY, I am giving THIS recipe, not an adulterated version, a top rating. I have always loved three bean salad but my husband didn't like it because it was sweet. One of his favorite spices-puts on everthing-is Greek seasoning. So when I saw this recipe, it seemed like a natural. And, boy is it!! I thought two tablespoons of the seasoning would be a bit much, but it's just perfect. I find it odd that folks rate the recipes but have totally changed them from what was intended. Try this one, it's fantastic!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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