Low-Carb Three or Four Bean Salad Recipe

Mixed beans salad
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Total Time: 20 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 12 servings

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

161 calories
12g fat
8g carbs
7g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 servings
Amount per serving  
Calories 161
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 7g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 331mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

This low-carb adaptation of the traditional 3-bean or 4-bean salad makes two adjustments—it is sugar-free and the beans are less starchy ones.

If you want to use kidney beans or chickpeas instead of the black soybeans or edamame, it's preferable not to use canned beans, which are more glycemic and have less resistant starch than if you buy the dry beans and soak and cook them yourself. If you want a three-bean salad, just use 16 oz of the green beans and eliminate one of the others.


  • 12 ounces green beans (fresh or frozen or you can use canned if you prefer)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can yellow string beans (or fresh or frozen, as available)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black soybeans
  • 1 cup edamame (fresh or frozen, shelled)
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (prepared)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon herbs (dried Greek or Italian mixtures, thyme, or whatever you like)
  • To taste: salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or other oil)


  1. Combine the beans, peppers, onion, and parsley in a large bowl.

  2. Mix the vinegar with the mustard and seasonings, either in a small bowl, or a shaker such as a glass jar. Add the oil, and whisk or shake to combine. Pour over the beans and vegetables, and toss.

Note on oil: The only problem with using extra-virgin olive oil is that it tends to solidify when refrigerated. If the salad is going to be eaten all in one sitting, or if you're willing to let it come to room temperature before eating, you can use extra-virgin oil. Another alternative is a high-mono type of safflower or sunflower oil such as Saffola brand.

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