Farm Fresh Three Bean Salad

Farm Fresh Three Bean Salad

It is time for fresh Green and Yellow Beans! That means it is also time for summer salads – Three Bean Salad is a classic.

You’ve probably had this salad many times. Made with canned beans is the traditional way. But let’s use the fresh green and yellow beans that are in season instead!

Whenever possible, I use fresh ingredients. Fresh first, frozen second, canned if I have nothing else. It’s not that I don’t like canned foods, it is just that I prefer to know exactly what I am eating.

So for this salad, I decided to use the fresh, local, organic green and yellow beans I got at the market. I also used red onion instead of white. I think red onions give a better flavor to salads. Lastly, I changed the traditional vegetable oil to extra virgin olive oil. Again, I think it tastes better and I like the additional health benefits of olive oil.

Funny, I love this salad now as an adult. When I was a kid though, I thought it was terrible-yucky. I’ve been craving it for weeks, waiting for the beans to come into season. Now that I’ve made some…I want to make more!

I picked up plenty of green and yellow beans at the market that I could have easily made another batch 🙂 But I prepared the remaining beans in other ways. To learn more about my “bean adventure”, check out my blog Mary’s Kitchen blog post from July 18th.

Yummy fresh green and yellow beans!
Yummy fresh green and yellow beans!

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Farm Fresh Three Bean Salad
Course Salad
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Salad
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Using high heat, bring a large covered pot of water to a boil.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, fill a large bowl with ice water. This should be large enough for water, ice cubes and the 3 cups of snapped beans. If you don't have a large enough bowl, the kitchen sink will do.
  3. When water is at a full boil, add all the green and yellow beans. Cover the pot and bring the water back to a full boil.
  4. Boil beans for 2 minutes. Quickly strain and plunge beans into the ice water. Let beans sit in the ice water a minute or two and then strain.
  5. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients - beans, onion, seasonings, vinegar and olive oil.
  6. Let the flavors marinate 3-4 hours in the refrigerator. Adjust seasonings as desired.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

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