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Three Bean Salad #Foodie Friday


Three bean salad

Beans are such a great alternative to meat. You get both your protein and your fiber from eating them. Once when I was a vegetarian I had my blood tested and the nurse said, 

"I guess you enjoy red meat; your iron count is very high."

When I replied, "I haven't eaten any meat in 5 years." She was shocked.

three bean salad

My iron count was high because I ate tons of beans, especially lentils, kidney beans and black beans which are super high in iron and other great things like Vitamin C and many minerals. 

Beans High in Iron (%DV per cup cooked): Soybeans (49%), Lentils (37%), Kidney beans (29%), Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas) (26%), and Lima beans (25%), Navy (24%), Black Beans (Frijoles Negros) (20%), Pinto (20%), and Black-eyed Peas (20%). 
Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/food-sources-of-iron.php#85l5vgSXlcP9gi4b.99 

Three Bean Salad

by Diane Balch

preparation: 10 minutes                   serves: 4 - 6


1 15.5 ounce can of Black Beans
1 15.5 ounce can of Cannelloni Beans
1 15.5 ounce can of Kidney Beans
1 small red onion minced
1/3 cup of fresh cilantro minced
1/3 cup of a red pepper minced
1/3 cup of a green pepper minced
1 teaspoon of salt
pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of lime juice


1) Drain and rinse all of the beans.

2) Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Check that the salt level is to your liking.

3) Can be served immediately, but it tastes better if it has been refrigerated for at least 1 hour.

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  1. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting another great party. Have a great weekend.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting Diane, and for the feature this week {Aloha to you too!}. I hope you have a Fantastic weekend!

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

    1. Always good to see you and your recipes Krista.

  3. Thanks for the party! Have a great night!

    1. I know how busy you are Paula thanks for taking the time to stop by.

  4. Thanks for the party, Diane! I love bean salad in the summer, but it has to be ice cold :)
    Thanks for the feature!! I appreciate it. Have a great week.
    Kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

    1. I'm not sure ice cold beans work, you would probably be better off making this a warm salad.

  5. What a wonderful salad Diane!! It's definitely something I will LOVE
    Thanks for the recipe and thank you for another party :)
    I wish you a good and relaxing weekend

    1. Oh Winnie, this salad has your name all over it. I officially renaming it the "The Winnie 3 Bean Salad."

  6. That is amazing about your blood count. I love beans too and your salad looks delicious. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

    1. Yeah, it was even surprising to me. Beans are good food.

  7. Good Morning Diane,
    I just love your Three Bean Salad, perfect side for any season. Hope you are having a nice weekend and not getting any flooding. Thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

    1. Our weather has been pretty normal for this time of year. I hope it is better in Texas,,, not a good weather year. Thanks for stopping my Miz Helen, always a pleasure.

  8. Happy Friday, Diane! Thanks for hosting! :)

    Love, Joy @ Yesterfood.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you Joy, happy Friday to you too.. it has been a long week for me.

  9. I love beans!! I eat them all the time but I still have low iron count...I should try to eat more ;). Thank you for hosting!

    1. There can be other reasons for a low iron count including a problem with absorbing it.

  10. Thanks for hosting Diane, have a great weekend!

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•`¤... Jennifer
    Jenn's Random Scraps

  11. I love bean salad! One of my favorites! Thanks so much for hosting and have a great weekend!!

    1. One of my favorite summer salads too. Have a great weekend too Sheena.

  12. Thanks so much for hosting! Heading to check out that Hershey's Fudge posted up there. :-)
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

  13. Great party. Thanks and have a great weekend.

    Lori's Culinary Creations

    1. You are welcome have a terrific weekend too Lori.

  14. Summer is here and I am feeling free. I do miss my class but it is nice to get back to blogging, the way, I used to. I am finally linking without the pressure of piles of papers to grade. I hope to get back to weekly linking so get used to me.

    I used to make a bean salad and didn't care for it but I did not like beans, then. Now, I love beans and it is time to make a bean salad. I am taking bets, I will enjoy it, this time.

    1. Me to... I once was a high school English teacher so I feel for you staring at that stack of papers to grade... soon you will be truly free.

  15. Hi Diane! Hmm I'm really drooling over this bean salad. And it has cilantro in it too! I'm currently crushing on cilantro hopelessly. :) Must. Try.

    Today I shared Rosemary Chicken with Clementines & Parsnip Chips. Thanks so much for hosting! Have a superb weekend. :)

    1. You too Gabriela,
      I have been putting cilantro into a lot of my cooking this summer... really into it. Your recipes sound fantastic can't wait to check them out. thank you for coming to the party.

  16. Love the recipe and the photos.. Everything looks so good. I was a high school English teacher too..

    1. It was fun to teach English but it is even more fun to eat good food and write about it. You should look at my French Friday post about Socca the original gluten free bread.

  17. Thanks so much for the party! Have an awesome weekend :)

    1. So glad you could make it... I've been admiring a few of your recipes on some other parties.

  18. Thanks so much for featuring my post! That salad looks delicious!

    1. You are very welcome.. thanks so much for sharing your recipes regularly with us.

  19. I'm back :) Shared on fb and twitter from Marvelous Mondays

  20. Looks yummy! Going to have to try it soon!

    1. I hope you get a chance too... it is really easy to make.

  21. This three bean salad looks delicious and oh so healthy. My challenge though would be to get my husband to eat it!

    Found you at Domesblissity - Thriving on Thursdays.

    Eva x

  22. What a lovely salad, Diane! Pinning and sharing this on Facebook & Twitter. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

  23. Thank you for sharing this wonderful 3 bean salad at the In and Out of the Kitchen party! I will be featuring it in the Top 10 Favorites post that will go live on Monday morning!

    I am always happy to see what you have been cooking!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBIg.com

  24. Hi Diane,
    I just love your Bean Salad, and really like the addition of the cilantro that gives it a new twist. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  25. Just lovely Diane. On my shortlist for a feature. Cheers from carole's chatter


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