Cook’s Notes for Southwest 3-Bean Salad


As written, this recipe uses just enough marinating liquid to flavour the beans. If you are used to a bean salad with a lot of marinade, go ahead and double the dressing.

Cooked and cooled corn kernels would be a nice addition to this salad (though we are often having corn on the cob with a lot of meals this time of year, so I usually leave it out of this bean salad for that reason.)

Be sure to rinse your canned beans well, in a colander under cold running water. It not only removes all that slimy stuff, but it rinses away some of the salt as well. Drain well to avoid watering down your dressing.

Canned beans here come in both 15 and 19 oz sizes. If you have the large 19 oz size cans, simply increase the amount of wax beans a bit as well to keep a nice balance. You might also want to increase the amount of dressing as well.

Southwest 3-Bean Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
8 servings
Energy: 129 kcal
Author: dr. Vanilla

A delicious twist on classic 3-Bean Salad, with the addition of cumin and lime and black beans and cilantro.

1 15oz can black beans drained and rinsed well
1 15oz can red kidney beans drained and rinsed well
2 1/2 cups chopped yellow wax beans chopped in to 2-inch pieces
1/3-1/2 small small red onion sliced in to 2-inch pieces
Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1/2 cup white vinegar
6 Tbsp white sugar
4 1/2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
3/4 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp lime zest
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook wax beans (or if using canned wax beans, rinse with the other beans as below): Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a bit of salt. Add chopped fresh yellow wax beans. Reduce heat slightly and gently boil until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and then immediately run under cold running water until cooled. Drain well and set aside.

Rinse canned beans well in a colander under running cold water. Drain well and add to a large bowl. Add cooked and cooled yellow wax beans. Add chopped red onion.
Prepare dressing by combining all ingredients and whisking well to combine. Pour over beans and onion and toss to combine well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or longer. Keeps well in the fridge if made ahead. To serve, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or parsley.


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