This classic, sweet-sour vegetable salad is open to interpretation. Chickpeas may be substituted for any of the beans, for instance, and crumbled cheese (tangy feta or blue) can be added shortly before serving. For the latter, start with 1/4 cup and add more, as needed.
For best flavor, the salad needs to marinate in the refrigerator at least 6 hours. It can be made up to 3 days in advance.
Dorothy Sietsema's Three-Bean Salad
Yield: 8 servings
One 14.5-ounce can green beans, drained and rinsed (about 2 cups) One 14.5-ounce can yellow wax beans, drained and rinsed (about 2 cups) One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed (about 2 cups) 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup chopped parsley, or more as needed 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup sugar 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Combine the beans, onion and parsley in a mixing bowl, tossing to incoporate.
Whisk together the oil, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper and the thyme leaves in a liquid measuring cup. Pour over the bean mixture and stir to coat evenly.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 190; Total Fat: 9 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 740 mg; Total Carbohydrates: 21 g; Dietary Fiber: 5 g; Sugars: 10 g; Protein: 5 g.