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The Best Colorful Rainbow Bean Salad Recipe

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Rainbow Bean Salad is one of my favorite summer side dish recipes. Three varieties of beans collide with a homemade bean salad dressing drizzled on top of it. Give this bean salad a try!

Rainbow Bean Salad recipe

If you are looking for something that is fresh, full of vegetables, a light dressing, this vegetarian bean salad is a fantastic option.

summer bean salad

What Beans Are In This Summer Bean Salad

Black beans, kidney beans, as well as garbanzo beans are what is used in this summer bean salad.

Now, if you want to change out the beans to fit what you have on hand or what you prefer, go ahead. These are just the beans I enjoy pairing together.

Other Beans to Consider

  • Edamame
  • Pale Navy Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Etc
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Bean Salad Dressing

You will find that making a bean salad dressing is a great way to really amplify the flavor. Now, you can skip the homemade dressing if you want.

We just love it with a homemade dressing. It helps to bring out the bold and rich flavors of the beans, veggies, and more.

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How To Make Rainbow Bean Salad

  • Step 1: Start by making your homemade dressing. I used a mason jar where I poured my olive oil, mustard, red wine vinegar, sugar, and seasonings.
  • Step 2: Prep all your vegetables and pour your beans in a bowl.
  • Step 3: Pour your dressing over the vegetables and beans, stir and then place in the fridge. Make sure to place in an airtight container.
  • Step 4: I recommend storing for at least 4 hours in the fridge, or best overnight to allow flavors to marinade.
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Cold Salad Great For Potlucks

This is a fantastic side dish to take to potlucks. A cold salad that is great for parties, summer cookouts, gatherings, and more. This is a sweet and sour dressing

Here are more great side dish recipes to try out.

  • Spicy Black Eyed Peas | Here is another wonderful side dish that you will want to whip up. Loaded with flavor in every single bite.
  • Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos | I made these on my Ninja Foodi Grill and it was epic! Tons of flavor and you control the heat factor.
  • Fresh Vegetable Salad | Here is a salad that has a creamy and tangy dressing that is full of fresh veggies.
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What To Pair With Fresh Bean Salad

bean salad with dressing

Rainbow Bean Salad

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Serve up this easy bean salad for a side dish or even snack. Loaded with a variety of fresh vegetables and beans. This rainbow bean salad is so delicious.


  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 ounces) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 ounces) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ⅓ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 (3.8 ounces) can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1-pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard


  1. To make this rainbow bean salad, you will want to prep all your veggies and open your cans and place them in a bowl.
  2. Then in a jar or bowl, you will want to work on adding all the ingredients for your dressing. Place lid on the jar and shake, or use a whisk to mix up the dressing.
  3. Pour over the veggies and beans, and toss the salad.
  4. Store your rainbow bean salad in the fridge for at least 4 hours or let it sit overnight.
  5. Then right before serving give your bean salad a toss, and enjoy.


Feel free to change up the veggies used or swap beans for what you have if you would like.

Store any leftovers in a fridge in a covered dish. The leftover salad will last for up to 5 days. d

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 348mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading.

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What do you think about this rainbow bean salad?


Monday 25th of May 2020



Monday 25th of May 2020

use whatever sweetener you prefer, I used sweet and low. Or you can replace with regular sugar.

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