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The Best Bean Salad

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This really is the best Bean Salad ever! Easy, simple ingredients, fresh vegetables, and honey mustard salad dressing combine to make the tastiest, creamiest bean salad ever. 

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

BEAN SALAD RECIPE

I know a bean salad probably is not the most impressive dish, but who doesn’t need the perfect potluck type salad to take to summer gatherings. 

This bean salad along with ranch pasta salad and Caesar pesto pasta salad are my go-to dishes to bring to a cookout or gathering. 

Surprisingly, this bean salad is usually one of the first to go. It’s the perfect combination of beans, fresh vegetables and a super simple sweet & creamy honey mustard dressing.

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 THIS EASY BEAN SALAD

  • Drain & rinse all the canned beans
  • Chop up the veggies- cucumber, sweet onion, and red bell pepper
  • Make sure the corn is thawed to a cool room temperature
  • Combine everything into a large mixing bowl
  • Pour the prepared honey mustard salad dressing over and stir well
  • Leave it in the fridge for a few hours before serving for best results

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

I love the easy & simple honey mustard salad dressing. 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. 

Be sure and use a salad dressing you LOVE! I always get the Ken’s lite Honey Mustard Salad Dressing because that’s the one I prefer.

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.

MY TIPS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • You can use frozen yellow corn, white corn, or the bag of yellow & white corn. 
  • Be sure and set out the frozen corn to thaw on the counter 1 hour before making the salad. It’s best not to thaw it in the microwave because you don’t want it warm/hot when you add it into the salad. 

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
Fridge Time
4 hrs
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
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 slightly but still cold)
  • 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. 

 

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

 

To thaw the corn to a cold temperature I just put it on the counter about 1 hour before making the recipe. This way it thaws slightly but is still cold and maybe still slightly frozen (which is fine). You just don't want it warm/hot at all. 

 

The cans of beans are all the standard 15 oz cans 

 

 

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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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11 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.
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    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?
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      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/
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    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 :)
  • Reply
    Cgenest13
    June 28, 2018 at 6:53 pm I'm going to make this, sounds yummy
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