Southwest 3-Bean Salad

Southwest 3-Bean Salad

Bringing great southwest flavours to classic 3-bean salad. A great twist on a classic and perfect for your Summer BBQs!

I love classic 3-Bean salad, but I’m always open to a little twist on a classic. This Southwest 3-Bean Salad brings the flavours of the southwest with a bit of cumin and lime to the bean salad marinade and adds black beans and cilantro to the mix, as well. It’s absolutely delicious and a nice change from the usual.

This salad is also great for those of you who have a garden full of yellow wax beans to use up! That said, if you aren’t a gardener or you’re not feeling boiling fresh beans, go right ahead and use a can of drained, chopped yellow beans here instead.

Southwest 3-Bean Salad - A delicious twist on your classic 3-bean salad recipe, with cumin and lime, along with black beans and cilantro.

Cook’s Notes for Southwest 3-Bean Salad

As written, this recipe uses just enough marinating liquid to flavour the beans. If you are used to a bean salad with a lot of marinade, go ahead and double the dressing.

Cooked and cooled corn kernels would be a nice addition to this salad (though we are often having corn on the cob with a lot of meals this time of year, so I usually leave it out of this bean salad for that reason.)

Be sure to rinse your canned beans well, in a colander under cold running water. It not only removes all that slimy stuff, but it rinses away some of the salt as well. Drain well to avoid watering down your dressing.

Canned beans here come in both 15 and 19 oz sizes. If you have the large 19 oz size cans, simply increase the amount of wax beans a bit as well to keep a nice balance. You might also want to increase the amount of dressing as well.

Southwest 3-Bean Salad - A delicious twist on your classic 3-bean salad recipe, with cumin and lime, along with black beans and cilantro.

Southwest 3-Bean Salad
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Southwest 3-Bean Salad

A delicious twist on classic 3-Bean Salad, with the addition of cumin and lime and black beans and cilantro. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American, Canadian
Keyword bean salad recipe with black beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Energy 214 kcal
Author Jennifer

Ingredients

  • 15 oz black beans canned, drained and rinsed well
  • 15 oz red kidney beans canned, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 1/2 cups yellow wax beans chopped in to 2-inch pieces
  • 1/3-1/2 small red onion sliced in to 2-inch pieces
  • Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp white sugar
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil or canola or other neutral tasting oil
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp lime zest
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook wax beans (or if using canned wax beans, rinse with the other beans as below): Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a bit of salt. Add chopped fresh yellow wax beans. Reduce heat slightly and gently boil until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and then immediately run under cold running water until cooled. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Rinse canned beans well in a colander under running cold water. Drain well and add to a large bowl. Add cooked and cooled yellow wax beans. Add chopped red onion.
  3. Prepare dressing by combining all ingredients and whisking well to combine. Pour over beans and onion and toss to combine well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or longer. Keeps well in the fridge if made ahead. To serve, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or parsley.

 
Southwest 3-Bean Salad - A delicious twist on your classic 3-bean salad recipe, with cumin and lime, along with black beans and cilantro.
 

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I love hearing from you, so if you have a question or something isn't quite clear, I'm happy to help. If you made this recipe, I'd love to know how you liked it ~ Jennifer

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