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The Best Bean Salad

This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor.

The Best Bean Salad | Salad | Side Dish | This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. #salad #sidedish #beansalad #easyrecipe

post republished & updated June 2018

I know a bean salad probably is not the most impressive dish or sought after dish. But who doesn’t need the perfect potluck type salad to take to family gatherings, potlucks, picnics, or even as a side to dinner.

During the summer especially I am always on the hunt for the best salads and side dishes to bring to a cookout, picnic, or bbq. This ranch pasta salad is one that I usually end up taking, or this Caesar pesto pasta salad as well.Β 

Surprisingly, this bean salad is usually one of the first to go. It’s the perfect combination of beans, fresh vegetables and then the easy honey mustard salad dressing it gets covered in.Β 

The Best Bean Salad | Salad | Side Dish | This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. #salad #sidedish #beansalad #easyrecipe

Not only is this bean salad delicious but it could not be easier to make. Drain and rinse some canned beans, chop up a cucumber, sweet onion, and red pepper. Mix it all together in the bowl and pour the dressing over it.Β 

It comes together in just minutes and then hangs out in the fridge until ready to serve. You can serve this bean salad right away but it much better if you let it refrigerate for a few hours before serving.Β 

It’s also on the healthier side when it comes to salads at BBQ’s. When comparing it to the usual summer picnic dishes; potato salad and macaroni salad. It’s loaded with fresh cucumbers, sweet onion, and a red pepper. Add in 3 different kinds of beans and some frozen corn and you basically get several servings of fresh veggies πŸ™‚Β 

The Best Bean Salad | Salad | Side Dish | This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. #salad #sidedish #beansalad #easyrecipe

Drizzle it all in some honey mustard dressing and that’s it. I love the addition of the honey mustard salad dressing. Not only is it so easy but it really gives this salad such a creamy, slightly tangy, and sweet flavor.

I have used regular full-fat honey mustard dressing and the lite version, and I actually prefer using the lite honey mustard dressing. It’s not as thick and sweet tasting as the full-fat version.Β 

This really is the best bean salad ever. Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest beans salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor.

The Best Bean Salad | Salad | Side Dish | This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. #salad #sidedish #beansalad #easyrecipe

Tips for making Bean Salad

  • As it sits in the fridge some liquid will pool up in the bottom from the salad dressing and liquid from the veggies. Be sure to give it a nice stir before serving, and serve with a slotted spoon.Β 
  • Leftovers keep well for a few days so it’s perfect for lunch.
  • Be sure to cut your vegetables all the same size. I like to keep the veggies cut the same size as the beans and corn. That way you don’t have any large pieces of one ingredient.Β 
  • You can use full-fat honey mustard dressing or lite honey mustard salad dressing. I actually prefer the lite version because it’s not as thick and it’s less sweet tasting.Β 
  • You can use frozen yellow corn, white corn, or the bag of yellow & white corn.Β 

The Best Bean Salad | Salad | Side Dish | This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. #salad #sidedish #beansalad #easyrecipe

How to make Bean Salad

  • You will need a can of black beans, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans. Rinse and drain them well. I use a colander to drain and rinse the beans. It works really well for beans in getting all that bean slime off.Β 
  • Cut up your fresh veggies; a red pepper cucumber, and sweet onion.Β 
  • Make sure you thaw the corn. I let mine sit out on the counter for an hour before using it, or place it in the microwave and thaw for a few minutes. You don’t want it hot, just not all the way frozen.Β 
  • Mix everything together in a large bowl. Pour the honey mustard salad dressing over it and stir making sure that everything is coated well.Β 
  • For best results let it refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving.Β 

The Best Bean Salad | Salad | Side Dish | This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. #salad #sidedish #beansalad #easyrecipe

The Best Bean Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. 

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bean salad, side dish
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
  • 1 can light kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled & finely chopped
  • 3/4-1 cup lite honey mustard salad dressing
Instructions
  1. Combine all the beans, corn, red pepper, cucumber, and onion in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Pour honey mustard dressing over it and stir to combine together.

  2. For best results, let sit in the fridge for 4-6 hours so it can get cold and the flavors can develop. Serve with a slotted spoon as liquid will pool up in the bottom from the veggies and salad dressing. 

Recipe Notes

I prefer using lite salad dressing in this salad but you can use the regular, full-fat if that's what you prefer.Β 

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Try to cut all the veggies the same size as the beans.

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The Best Bean Salad | Salad | Side Dish | This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. #salad #sidedish #beansalad #easyrecipe

The Best Bean Salad | Salad | Side Dish | This really is the best bean salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients and fresh vegetables combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad. Perfect side dish for a gathering, potluck, or BBQ. This bean salad uses convenient honey mustard salad dressing that gives it a creamy sweet flavor. #salad #sidedish #beansalad #easyrecipe

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Cortney
    April 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm The recipe looks delicious and thanks for the tutorial on cutting onions, that's such a good way to do it!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      April 13, 2015 at 7:38 pm No problem :) I learned that way of cutting onion a few years ago, and it's awesome! Gets the onion into the smallest cuts, instead of large ones.
  • Reply
    AndYnot
    June 22, 2016 at 5:25 am Looks delicious... you do realise any honey mustard dressing will be mostly oil and have vinegar in it though, right.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      June 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm Yes, of course :) I just prefer the creaminess with the oil & vinegar instead of a straight vinaigrette. Thanks for stopping by & visiting.
  • Reply
    Vanessa
    May 6, 2017 at 6:57 am What is one bag of frozen, thawed?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      May 6, 2017 at 8:49 am So sorry. My mistake. That is the one bag of frozen corn, thawed. I am fixing that now. You want it to still be cold but thawed. I leave mine out on the counter for about an hour before I make this. I hope that helps :) Have a great weekend!
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    jenn
    July 27, 2017 at 11:15 pm I'm not a huge fan of onions or peppers , anything else you could suggest instead?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      July 28, 2017 at 8:08 pm Unfortunately, onions and peppers are a big part of this salad. I am not even sure what you could add in it's place that would still provide enough flavor and texture for the salad. Perhaps this ranch pasta salad would be a better fit if you don't care for onions and peppers https://togetherasfamily.com/2017/05/ranch-pasta-salad/
  • Reply
    Kimberly Hoffman
    July 28, 2017 at 12:53 am Just prepped my veggies and will throw them all together with the beans and dressing tomorrow for potluck! Super excited to try it!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      July 28, 2017 at 8:03 pm I like your idea of doing prep work before! I hope you love it. Enjoy :)

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