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Can I sub something for the sugar? Maybe agave?
Hi Jenn, I haven’t tried substituting the sugar with agave but it might work. This salad has a sweet/sour dressing so you do need something sweet to balance the acidity. Otherwise you can just toss the beans with a regular vinaigrette.
This is soooo good! I just want to eat all of this bean salad. Something about this reminds me so much of recipes my grandmother would make for me as a child.
Liquid did not seem sufficient for quanity of beans to be infused with flavor.
Just made this with blanched fresh green beans, chickpeas, red kidney beans, celery. a little chopped red pepper and subbed in canola oil for the olive oil in dressing. Delicious!
My 96 yr old MIL doesn’t think it’s a 3 bean salad unless there’s green beans in it. Who am I to argue with the wisdom of the ages??!!
We twisted the recipe and added honey, cumin, lemon zest and avocado. IT TASTED FANTASTIC!
OMG! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE…I made this instead of potato salad. It was a big hit.Thank you for the idea!
I like that there is a small measure of sugar. What is the serving size?
I’m afraid we don;t have a total volume measurement for the recipe’s yield, so I can’t give you an exact serving size. Perhaps one cup? That would be generous, but I’d probably eat 2 cups!
This was delicious! A definite keeper, thanks for posting it!
Delicious!!!!!!! The flavors blend so well and I will definitely make again!
Loved it! Added a can of green beans and took out the celery. Had to use more vinegar than recipe calls for as the EVOO flavor was overpowering.
Danke, Elise! Love your recipe! It looks absolutely delicious. I am going to try my hand with it and feed it to my mothah.
This closely resembles a great product at Safeway called Five Bean Super Charge. Except that product also contains red pepper and green onion which I find are good additions.Magnificent way to consume beans, which are healthier than most people realize. Should definitely be a regular part of a healthy diet. Beans are the best natural sources of fiber. Plus, they contain high levels of several essential nutrients including being amongst the top sources of magnesium. Magnesium is a critical mineral involved in more than 300 bodily functions such as depolarization (cell activation) cycle in the nervous system, DNA synthesis, metabolism and controlling blood pressure. Inadequate magnesium intake is alarmingly high in developed nations though, such as an estimated 1/2 to 3/4 of Americans consuming less than the recommended intake. Including 1/4 consuming less than half the recommended intake. Aggravated by caffeine, sugar and phosphate coloring in dark sodas causing the body to excrete magnesium. Magnesium deficiencies don’t emerge in general checkups though because less than 1% of magnesium is in blood serum they measure. The rest is in bones and intracellular that they cannot reliably measure in general checkups. Judy Driskell, Professor, Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska, refers to this “invisible deficiency” and explains:Normal serum and plasma magnesium concentrations have been found in individuals with low magnesium in [red blood cells] and tissues. Yet efforts to find an indicator of subclinical magnesium status have not yielded a cost-effective one that has been well validated.”
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include trouble sleeping, chronic pain, migraines, eyebrows twitching, muscles cramping, and anxiety.
Beans are surprisingly high in antioxidants too, like comparable to blueberries, as measured by their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). There’s no universal way to measure antioxidants though, like results can vary measuring in alternative ways such as ferric ion reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) and trolox equivalence antioxidant capacity (TEAC) assays, so there’s some uncertainty there.
Good thing to know, vinegar can make enamel weaker though. So brushing teeth shortly after having this can deteriorate enamel. Instead, it’s best to rinse your mouth with water after having it and wait a while before brushing your teeth.
Thank you for the information.
Delicious. I made the recipe with low sodium kidney, pinto, and green beans. I used frozen cut green beans which I blanched for a few minutes, cooled, then added to the other beans in a bowl. The dressing, I only used 1 tbl. of sugar, 1 tsp. of dijon mustard, 1 pinch of cayenne pepper, and two tbls of olive oil; then added a little fresh parsley and cilantro. Thanks so much. Stay well.
AWESOME SO EASY TO MAKE
Really yummy! Great dressing. I just poured it all in and I felt it was too much. Added an extra can of kidney beans to soak up! So yummy!
I make this salad,
in plain Yogurt (enough to cover beans not saturate) vs. vinegar,
also I use cilantro vs. parsley,
also i add green chilies (Jalapeno or Serrano) chopped finely
No rosemary, No sugar,
add salt, pepper to taste
What an interesting version Raana, thank you for sharing!
This a great salad. I have made it for years adding garbanzo beans. I am a recipe cook. Please add the proportions for the ingredients of the dressing. Thank you.
I’m not sure I understand your question–do you mean you’d like to know exactly how much sugar to add, since it says “1/4 cup (to taste)”? 1/4 cup of sugar is perfect. The other amounts are exact. My mom makes this salad all of the time, using garbanzo beans as you do. :)
You mentioned that you didn’t care for canned green beans. I learned something a few years ago that improves the flavor of canned vegetables. Drain and also rinse off the water that they are canned with, then add fresh water if needed for cooking. Others may already know this, but wanted to share if anyone doesn’t.
Thanks for the tip, Judy!
It is really good, but where do I find the nutritional values for it?
Hi, Carolyn! We don’t currently calculate nutritional information on our recipes. I’d recommend using an online nutritional calculator like this one. Thanks!
Wow it’s easy to make and keep the good measurement of ingredients then it does taste perfect