A twist on the classic three bean salad, this 10 Minute Four Bean Salad is a delicious, healthy side dish. Creamy cannellini beans, crisp sweet peppers, and vibrant red wine vinegar bring this dish together in just a few minutes!
What's In The Salad?
The classic three bean salad has been a staple at many barbecues over the past few decades. It's good, but I think we need to up the flavors bring it into the current decade! This versatile recipe is vegan, healthy, and full of delicious Summer flavors!
Beans- And lots of them! I chose to use black beans, green beans, cannellini beans, and garbanzo beans. You can use red kidney beans, great northern beans, or any other beans you have on hand. Pick beans not just for their flavor, but also for their color and texture. Cannellini beans are creamy, while garbanzo beans are crunchy.
Pepper- Use one large bell pepper. I think the orange ones add great crunch and sweetness, but if you have a red one, yellow one, or even green one would work great here! If you have some sweet mini peppers on hand, use those! I would use 3-4 mini peppers per one large sweet pepper.
Celery- The stalks closest to the heart of the celery are much more tender than the outside stems. Try to grab four from the inside, the "heart" of the celery. The leafy part of the celery is delicious and adds texture and flavor so definitely chop that up too! If you can't get from the inside, use 2 outside stalks instead.
Red Onion- Some people love them, some hate them. They add a great spiciness to this salad. If you aren't a red onion fan, leave it out or substitute it with scallions or chives.
Let's Make The Salad!
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Let's Make this 10 Minute Four Bean Salad
- Dice the vegetables
Dice the celery, peppers, and red onion into small pieces and place them in a large bowl.
- Chop the Herbs
Chop the Herbs and add them to the bowl.
- Drain the beans
Open the cans of beans and drain the beans into a large colander. Run water over all the beans to rinse them.
- Add the Beans to the bowl
Add the beans to the bowl with the herbs and vegetables.
- Top the beans with the viniagrette
Add the vinegar and oil to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerator if you would like, or serve at room temperature.
Questions About this Recipe?
- Add feta! If you don't mind that this salad wouldn't be vegan, feta or fresh mozzarella would be amazing here!
- Change up the beans. Use red kidney beans, mini cannellini beans, or great northern beans. Use your favorites!
- Feel free to change up the vegetables. No peppers on hand? No worries! Add cucumbers instead. Substitute green onions for red onions. Chop up some zucchini and add that!
Keep this in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an air tight container. This salad can be served at room temperature or refrigerated.
Chicken Burgers with Feta and Spinach would be a perfect main course for this side salad. This salad would be a wonderful side dish for salmon, grilled chicken, or grilled shrimp. It's hearty enough to stand on it's own too, just top some mixed greens with the salad for a healthy serving of protein for lunch or dinner.
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10 Minute Four Bean Salad
- 1 large Bell Pepper (red, yellow, or orange) about 1 cup
- 4 Celery stalks From the heart *see note
- ½ cup Red Onion
- ⅓ cup Fresh Parsley
- ⅓ cup Fresh Basil
- 1 can Green Beans 14 ounce can
- 1 can Black Beans 14 ounce can
- 1 can Cannellini Beans 14 Ounce can
- 1 can Garbanzo Beans 14 ounce can
- 3 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- ⅓ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Dice the bell pepper, red onion, and celery into small pieces and add them to a large bowl.
- Chop the fresh herbs and add them to the bowl with the chopped vegetables.
- Drain the beans into a large colander. Run water over the beans and drain them well.
- Add the beans to the bowl with the vegetables.
- Add the red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper. Mix everything well to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
- The inside stalks of the celery are much more tender, so try to get 4 stalks from the inside. It's ok to chop the leaves as well, they are tender and add flavor. If you only have the outside stalks of the celery, use 2 large stems instead of 4 smaller ones.
- Feel free to substitute any four cans of beans. Pick beans for the texture but also their color.