Recipe: Four Bean Salad


This month I have joined a new group in the blogging world, Blogger Recipe Challenge, and each month there’s a handful of us bloggers who will be putting together 10 recipes each a month, to a theme. This month is herbs and spices, so be on the lookout for more recipes, and check out the linky below with more recipes!

Bean salad really isn’t a popular dish that I see that often, and growing up, even as a child, it was one of my favorite salads. There was a period of 10 years or so that I didn’t have it at all, as I just never remembered it because it was never around anywhere. Once I became an adult with my own family I knew I had to make it, and perfect it just like my Grandma made it. I scoured the internet looking at recipe after recipe and finally came up with one after several tweaks to find the right consistency and flavor. I now make it for my family and my daughters absolutely love it! They pick out the onions, but they love the flavor of the beans and dressing. My  husband, eh, not so much, but he’s weird about salads with sugar in them. Oh well, more for me and the kids!

1 can of cut green beans (drained)
1 can of yellow wax beans (drained)
1 can of chick peas (drained)1 can of kidney beans (light or dark, drained)
1/2 cup of red onion sliced thin, or diced (I slice mine so they are easy to pick out for my girls)
3/4 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of white distilled vinegar
1/3 cup of canola or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon of celery seed
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

First all, make sure you drain all of your beans.

Next, place the vinegar, sugar, and oil in a saucepan. Heat on low just until sugar is dissolved. Set it aside to cool for a bit.

Next put all of your beans and onion in a bowl. Then add the spices.


Now pour your slightly cooled vinegar/sugar/oil mixture over top.


Next, toss everything together. Place in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours, and stir every few hours.



Now for the rest of the recipes in our challenge group! Check back throughout the month for this to be updated with more recipes!



  1. mooooondog says:


  2. My husband loves this stuff. I can always tell when he’s making up a batch from the smell. I always have to air out the house.

  3. pumpkinsfan76 says:

    I love beans. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  4. You know, I haven’t made a bean salad in years. My husband loves them and I have no excuse for not making one before now. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. This looks so good and such a healthy dish. I appreciate you sharing this with us

  6. So, so easy! I’ve made this so many times, but I’ve never tried the stovetop method to mix ~ of course it would be better that way–I’ve never thought of that. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This sounds delicious and filling! I love bean salads, especially in the summer!

  8. Kelly Faber says:

    Oh yum! What a great way to get protein in! I always looking for new recipes, especially being vegetarian. Can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I love how simple but delicious bean salad can be. Usually I just throw a few cans together and toss on some oil and vinegar without measuring, but I’m going to try your recipe – sometimes without measuring, my dressing can taste a little too sour or just not quite right. 🙂

  10. I love Four Bean Salad! This looks so fancy but still easy to make!

  11. I don’t like beans at all but this sounds and looks like it might be pretty tasty. I am willing to try it out and I will let you know if I like it or not.

  12. Sarah Oswald says:

    I have a baby shower coming up in about 2 months this looks like a wonderful recipe and so easy to make for it. Thanks for sharing this.

  13. (Recipe: Four Bean Salad) Now this is my kind of recipe, I will make this for our next big family gathering on Labor Day weekend coming up. Thanks for sharing- 🙂

  14. pumpkinsfan76 says:

    This looks so healthy and refreshing. Thank you for posting.

  15. TrippyCusp93 says:

    Yummy! I love that this recipe has a variety of different veggies, colors, and flavors. It’s so hard to find a tasty dish that is guilt-free and good for you…thanks for sharing!

  16. linda moore says:

    I love a salad on my table every night at dinner in the summer. This four been salad is so different. Thank you for the share! This will show up on the table.

  17. What a simple easy and yummy sounding dish! I will be hooking this one up in the very near future! Thanks for the post!

  18. pumpkinsfan76 says:

    This would be great as a side for most meals. Sounds so great and thank you for sharing.

  19. Christina G. says:

    I love this type of salad, but I’ve never tried making it. You make it look easy. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I would like to try the apple pie french toast and the cheese sticks. I haven’t had cheese sticks in a while.

  21. Renee Smith says:

    My little girl LOVES beans! I can’t wait to try this-I bet she’ll love it!

  22. Carissa Joslyn says:

    I have never tried this before, but everything (minus the onions) looks and sounds really good! I may have to try it sometime! I’m a fairly picky eater, but i try everything at least once!

  23. My gram used to make something like this! This is so good and filled with protein too!

  24. pumpkinsfan76 says:

    I love all of the different beans in this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  25. nenasinclair says:

    I love bean salad and haven’t made it in such a long time! I’ll have to give your recipe a try before summer is over! Thanks for sharing!

  26. pumpkinsfan76 says:

    This sounds yummy. I love beans. Thank you for sharing with us.

  27. I love bean salad! I have actually been looking for a good 3 or 4 bean salad recipe. I love that this one has chickpeas in it. It would be such a fresh snack/side dish to have in the fridge. So easy to make, too!

  28. I’ve never had bean salad before. I’ll have to give this a try.

  29. laurie nykaza says:

    Always trying to get the family to eat more beans so this looks so delicious now I can’t wait to make it this weekend.

  30. I am hosting my girlfriends for lunch on Saturday and this recipe looks perfect! Easy and delicious.

  31. I made this for Labor Day cookout and it was a hit. Thanks so much for sharing! So much pro town in this! Great for u!

  32. wow love four bean salad, i find this to go with anything your serving for dinner or lunch or just to eat a bowl of it looll great easy recipe 🙂 thanks for share

  33. I have never eaten or prepared a bean salad before, this four bean salad looks delicious, I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  34. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    This sounds pretty good. Will have to try this recipe to see if my family likes it.

  35. My husband loves bean salad. He makes a big batch and brings some into work every day for lunch.

  36. Maria Iemma says:

    I love to serve beans to the family, they are healthy and filling. I have not made a bean salad in a while, I usually put them in soups etc.

  37. Girl you come up with the best dishes. I just pinned this one too. I love cold foods like this and it’s a great way to get more beans in our diet. You take great food pics too! 🙂

  38. This looks so good! I love all types of beans!!!

  39. Amber Ludwig says:

    We have this at every family get together! Its a tried and true staple! We usually buy it premade! But since its so easy I may try it next time!!

  40. I love beans and bean salads. It has been a while since I had a 3 bean salad let alone a 4 bean. Can’t wait to make it in the spring.

  41. This looks so good! I love beans of any kind!!

  42. So colorful and this would be great at picnics or any celebration. I love vegetarian recipes the most.

  43. Deborah D says:

    This looks and sounds good. I am going to make this.

  44. Edna Williams says:

    You always have good recipes! I love this!

  45. I never touch the stuff. My husband likes bean salad. I prefer coleslaw or potato salad.

  46. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This is such a great recipe for my eating healthy diet. I will be making this alot. It is great.

  47. clojo9372 says:

    I absolutely love bean salads on a day when I plan to not eat any meat. This recipe looks really good and I look forward to giving it a try. Thanks so much for posting this! 🙂

  48. Oh! I haven’t had this in years. I love 4 bean salad. Can’t believe I forgot about it. Need to make this for my family real soon. Pinning now!

  49. Olivine Eyes says:

    I love bean salad, it’s one of the non-dessert dishes I like cold.

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