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Four-bean Salad: An easy summer side dish

Four-bean salad is a healthy way to add more nutrition to your diet
Four-bean salad is a healthy way to add more nutrition to your diet
Marylou Morano

The health benefits of beans are widely known. They are a low-fat food, chock full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. But all this healthy goodness won’t do you any good if you don’t make an effort to incorporate more beans into your diet. This easy four-bean salad is a creative way to get into the habit of eating more beans. In addition to being a delicious side dish, the salad can be incorporated into a chopped green salad or heated and served warm over pasta.

Four-bean Salad

Makes 6 generous servings

Note: For best results, prepare the bean salad the night before and chill overnight. If that’s not possible, thoroughly chill before serving.


4 small cans of beans – your choice of black beans, red kidney beans, cannellini beans, chick peas, green beans, black-eyed peas, wax beans or any other bean.
¼ cup sugar
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup olive oil or salad oil
1 tsp. salt
½ cup fresh onion, minced
½ tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. dried tarragon, crushed
2 T. parsley
½ tsp. dried basil


Drain and rinse beans and then place them in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, wisk together all other ingredients.

Pour wisked ingredients over beans and stir just to mix.

Stir lightly before serving to incorporate all ingredients.

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