Four Bean Salad Recipe

It's potluck season! Also, the weather is warming up and no one wants to turn on their stoves. So why not beat the heat with this classic favorite the next time someone asks you to bring a side dish to their barbeque. This four bean salad is everyone's favorite. It's the perfect refreshing side dish that is easy on the wallet and on the waist-line. 

Four Bean Salad Recipe

Salads are my most favorite thing in the world. Well, next to soup, but sometimes soup is just too darn hot to eat in the summer! I like being able to make ahead a recipe that I can dish up for lunch for a few days in a row and over time, it only gets better.

Or better yet, a quick recipe like this four bean salad can be whipped up for a barbeque as the perfect side dish. It doesn't take a lot of time and it can be made the night before to help you stay on track for your day.

There are several variations of a four bean salad. This one has fresh summer-ripe grape tomatoes and a delicious tangy vinegar and oil dressing. It's perfect for serving a crowd that might have some food aversions or restrictions.

What kinds of beans should I use in a Four Bean Salad?

There are several different kinds of beans you can use for four bean salads. Some call for green beans, others call for wax beans. This one calls for kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, and great northern beans. 

I love the freshness I get from adding vine-ripened grape tomatoes and fresh red onion, but you can also leave this step out and get a fun variation on this recipe.

four bean salad recipe

Feel free to season to taste. Some like this bean salad spicy, some like it zestier. Play around with the seasonings and make it however you like it!

Four Bean Salad Recipe

Yield: 8
Author: Rachel Teodoro

classic summer recipes

Four Bean Salad

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This vegan four bean salad is the perfect side dish. It's healthy, tasty and nutritious!


  • 1 can (15 oz.) Kidney Beans
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Black Beans
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Great Northern Beans
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Garbanzo Beans
  • 3 cups Grape Tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 cups Red Onion (diced)
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro (diced)
  • 2 tbsp Parsley (diced)
  • 1 tbsp Garlic (diced)
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice


How to cook Four Bean Salad

  2. Combine kidney, black, great northern and garbanzo beans in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in grape tomatoes and red onions.
  4. Add cilantro, parsley, garlic, cayenne, salt, pepper, balsamic vinaigrette, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Stir well.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and/or parsley. Serve and enjoy!
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4 Bean Salad Variations

For some variation for your four bean salad consider adding: 

Feta Cheese

Enjoy this refreshing summer four bean salad. It's a crowd favorite! You won't be coming home with any leftovers I can promise you that!

4 bean salad

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1 comment

Kate Murray said...

Looks delicious...especially for summer!! Can't wait to give this one a try!

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