Traditional Three-Bean Salad

One of the most important ingredients in a traditional bean salad is the sugar, as it not only sweetens everything up but also helps bond the different flavors together.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 4 hours 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 2⁄3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) French-cut green beans, drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) yellow (wax) beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and thinly sliced


  • In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, combine beans, onion, and dressing. Mix well. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight, stirring occasionally. If desired, salad can be drained before serving.