Saturday, May 28, 2011

Three Bean Salad

This week on my Patch Column, "Cooking with Chelsea", I'm featuring my husband's favorite BBQ side dish: Three Bean Salad.  I've learned I can't make my favorite pasta and potato salad without it. 

Three Bean Salad wasn't on my menu this week and when my husband saw fresh pasta and potato salad he asked, "Where's the Three Bean Salad?"  When I broke it to him that I didn't make it, he looked at me with such a face of disappointment, I knew I had to sneak it in this week somehow.

Patch was looking for a quick, easy, and inexpensive dish and I knew I had just the thing!  This Three Bean Salad, while cool and refreshingly delicious, is also extremely quick to prepare.  Requiring minutes to combine your ingredients in a bowl and boil your marinade, it's a perfect party dish to add to your buffet of items.  It must be made a day ahead to maximize the flavor, making it extremely convenient and hassle free.

I've made it with fresh beans and canned and while I prefer fresh ingredients, the canned beans soak in the flavor far better than the freshly cooked beans.  Although the choice is yours and can be done either way!

Hope you enjoy this delicious Memorial Day appropriate dish!  Click here to find the recipe on my Patch column!



  1. Perfect salad for a Memorial Day weekend BBQ! I like the contrast in color that the red kidney beans bring.

  2. Really a nice salad. I just love bean salads. When I have a lot of company I often pull this recipe out.