Easy bean salad

    10 min

    An easy, delicious cold bean salad. A big hit at barbecues and picnics! Use any combination of beans you like.

    30 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 1 (400g) tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 (400g) tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1 (400g) tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 (220g) tin water chestnuts, drained and chopped
    • 175g (6 oz) shop-bought tomato salsa
    • 2 to 4 tablespoons French dressing
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. In a large bowl, toss together the all ingredients. Cover, and chill until serving.


    Make your own vinaigrette for this salad if you don't want to use shop-bought French dressing!

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    Used different ingredients. A great explosion of flavour. This is an excellent bean salad. I used kidney beans, green beans and chickpeas. I added flaked almonds, as another reviewer recommended. I will repeat this recipe many times down the road. I'm always looking for good side dishes.  -  24 Jul 2008


    Something else. Since this recipe invited you to try different beans I made a typical 3 bean salad. I added a little onion and left out the water chestnuts. The unusual dressing was really the thing that was supposed to give the typical bean salad a lift over the vinegar, oil and sugar type. I wasn’t impressed. I did try some flaked almonds. Maybe mine were old but If I do make this again I would totally leave the almonds out, did nothing for it. It may be better the second day too.  -  24 Jul 2008


    Used different ingredients. I made some variations to this salad, such as adding more beans, using passata instead of and/or in addition to salsa. Adding some flaked almonds makes it crunchy and even more nutritious! I also found that adding mushrooms or other finely-chopped veggies flavours it nicely too.  -  24 Jul 2008