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Five-Bean Salad

In Ottawa, Illinois, Jeanette Simec combines five kinds of beans with an oil-and-vinegar dressing in this colorful classic that's great to take to picnics or potluck, "Everyone loves the variety of beans in this simple salad," she writes. "My husband, Chuck, just can't get enough of it."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (9 ounces) frozen cut green beans, thawed
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the vinegar, sugar, oil, salt and pepper. Pour over bean mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 161 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 496mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Tina
    Jul 25, 2020

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  • Judithlavinia
    May 10, 2019

    Excellent recipe. I make one very similar but add a can of butter beans, large Italian style lima beans. I also heat the oil, vinegar and sugar until sugar melts and add some rosemary and oregano. Always a favorite.

  • nocab
    Jul 10, 2015

    Only rating low because I haven't made this recipe. My go-to calls for 5 of any kind of beans except baked beans, and includes 1/2c vinegar,1/4c. oil,1/3c. sugar,2 tbs. parlsey flakes,1tbs. each basil and tarragon.It's a recipe from a friend when we were based in Quebec way back in the early 60s. Been a family favourite since.