Dressed up 3 Bean Salad

I think there are probably a million bean salad recipes out there, and I’m not really sure how different this is, but I had some beans to use up and thought I would try putting a spin on an old favourite.

A few things I’ve changed:

1) the amount of oil… oh my goodness you do not need a ton of oil to enjoy this salad. It tastes pretty great with just a bit.

2) the addition of greens (you don’t need lettuce, but I thought it was a welcome change)

3) mushrooms (I love marinated mushrooms and thought this was a fun add in)

This would be a great salad to bring to a potluck picnic on a summer day.

Dressed up 3 Bean salad (serves 4 as a main or 6-8 as a side)

1 cup of green beans, ends trimmed & chopped into bite size pieces (I like them raw, but feel free to give ’em a quick steam)

1 cup of kidney beans

1  cup of pinto beans

1/3 cup of mushrooms cut into bite size pieces

1/2 a coloured pepper cut into bite size pieces

1/4 cup of red onion, roughly chopped

1 large handful of parsley, roughly chopped

Put all of this into a large mixing bowl and stir it up.

For the dressing, mix in a small bowl 2 tbsp of olive oil, 4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of herbamere (or sea salt) and 1/2 tsp of oregano. Pour this into the bean mixture and toss to combine. Transfer to a container and let it marinate covered in the fridge for at least a few hours before serving it up, the longer the better (1-2 days). Serve it on top of lettuce and drizzle it with a wee bit of flax oil & balsamic vinegar for a final flavour kick!

Go find a picnic basket, a checkered blanket, a few friends and enjoy this in a park =)

I’ve shared this with some of my favourite bloghops: Gluten-Free Fridays & Healthy Vegan Fridays

the veggie nook

11 thoughts on “Dressed up 3 Bean Salad

  1. Leave out the mushrooms and this sounds yummy! David and my co-workers used to make fun of me for having “chickpea salad” for lunch. Chickpeas + 1 TBS olive oil and 1 TBS lemon juice.

  2. I’m with Gabby–I was just wondering how you marinated the mushrooms, but then saw that you marinated them right along with the rest of the veggies. So smart! Anyway, this looks perfect for a hot summer day. Looking forward to trying it. :-)

  3. I like that dressed up salad! YUM Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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