Overflowing with beans and flavor, this gluten-free 4 Bean Salad is the perfect side dish for any delicious family meal!
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4 Bean Salad
Do you ever want to make a yummy side dish or appetizer and you just don’t feel like cooking anything? That is where this delicious and healthy 4 bean salad comes to save the day!
The prep time is almost nonexistent and you just throw it all together and end up with a beautiful and delightful dish. Not only does it taste great, but it looks great too!
Beans are just one of those household staples, right? So why not just throw a bunch together and enjoy all the different flavors at once?
My favorite thing about this bean salad is the perfect balance between melt in your mouth and crunch.
The beans are soft and the celery and onions are crunchy. It is completely satisfying and makes my mouth happy with each bite!
Lucky for you there are no fancy tools needed for this 4 bean salad recipe!
How Long Will This 4 Bean Salad Keep in the Fridge?
4 Bean Salad, if stored properly, will last for 3-5 days in the fridge. You will want to store it in an airtight container to limit exposure to air.
In fact, if you are making this ahead of time, just throw all the ingredients into a glass storage container, pop the lid on, and shake it up. Then just store it in the fridge. Simple! And one less dish you have to wash.
Can I Use Canned Beans?
You sure can. In fact, I did. I was going to use fresh green beans or frozen green beans but I decided to just use canned green beans like the rest of them!
I still try to use organic to the best of my ability and I make sure the quality is high. Canned veggies are last on my list, but there are recipes, such as this 4 bean salad, where they work perfectly and are the preferred ingredient.
If you love the convenience of canned beans, be sure to check out this gluten-free sausage and white bean salad. Just as easy and tasty as this one!
Important Recipe Notes
Make sure to rinse and cook beans as needed. Ex, if you are using raw red kidney beans vs. canned red kidney beans or raw green beans vs. canned green beans.
If you use all canned beans, you should be good to go with simply rinsing them. But please make sure you follow instructions on the can or package.
How To Make 4 Bean Salad
(Make sure to soak, rinse, and cook beans as needed)
In a medium bowl, you’ll want to combine the oil, vinegar, and sweetener.
They are not going to want to combine fully and that is ok. Just give it a good mix and call it a day!
Then it is just a matter of throwing in the rest of the ingredients and tossing! If you have extra liquid at the very bottom, that is ok. It actually makes it nice when you want to “re-toss” to keep it nicely coated with flavor.
Health Benefits of Beans and Legumes
There is no question that beans and legumes can be a healthy addition to any style of eating. Here are just a few of the more notable health benefits:
- Great source of fiber
- Great plant based protein source
- May reduce cholesterol
- May help reduce and stabilize blood sugars
- May help increase healthy gut bacteria
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Other Gluten Free Side Dishes You Might Enjoy
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 cup garbanzo beans
- 1 cup golden wax beans
- 1 cup red kidney beans
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- (make sure to soak, rinse, cook beans as needed)
- In a medium bowl, you’ll want to combine the oil, vinegar and sweetener.
- They are not going to want to combine fully and that is ok. Just give it a good mix and call it a day!
- Then it is just a matter of throwing in the rest of the ingredients and tossing! If you have extra liquid at the very bottom, that is ok. It actually makes it nice when you want to “re-toss” to keep it nicely coated with flavor.
Make sure to rinse and cook beans as needed. Ex, if you are using raw red kidney beans vs canned red kidney beans or raw green beans vs canned green beans.
If you use all canned beans, you should be good to go with simply rinsing them. But please make sure you following instructions on the can or package.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 20gNet Carbohydrates: 14gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!
Trina Krug is a Holistic Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach and host of the Carbless Conversations Podcast. With a Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, her single mission in life is to facilitate self-healing in herself and those around her through awareness, lifestyle shifts and low-carb eating. As a current Doctor of Science student, she continues her studies in functional nutrition.