Bean salad

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Bean salad
Colourful bean salad.jpg
Alternative names
3 Bean Salad
Main ingredients
Beans (green beans, yellow wax beans), garbanzo beans, kidney beans, onions, peppers or other vegetables
Cookbook:Bean salad  Bean salad

Bean salad is a common salad dish composed of various beans -- (green beans and/or yellow wax beans), cooked garbanzo beans, cooked kidney beans and typically onions, peppers or other vegetables, in a vinaigrette broth, sometimes sweetened with sugar. Some bean salads contain barley, pasta noodles or rice.

History[edit]

Salads of this type have commonly been used since at least the 19th century[1] for picnics and outings, as they can be preserved with little refrigeration.

Alternate Names and Variations[edit]

It is common in some parts of the United States to refer to this sort of salad by the number of types of beans that it contains; e.g., "Three Bean Salad" or "Four Bean Salad." The generic term, "Bean Salad," can also be used to refer to completely unrelated dishes.

Nutrition[edit]

Consuming beans adds significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber to a diet, with one cup of cooked beans providing between nine to thirteen grams of fiber.[2] Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol.[2] Beans are also high in protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.[2] Adults are recommended to have up to two (female), and three (male) servings. 3/4 cup of cooked beans provide one serving.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c Mixed Bean Salad (information and recipe) from The Mayo Clinic Healthy Recipes. Accessed February 2010.
  3. ^ [2]. Accessed November 2011.