3 Bean Salad

Prep Time

1-2 hrs

8 People

Traditionally we  here at Home Cooking Haven use this 3 Bean Salad recipe at Christmas and New Year. However it's such a great salad that one can use it at Barbecues, Braais and Cold Meat and Salad Lunches etc.


  • 1 x 400grm tin green beans drained.
  • 1 x 400grm tin Butter beans drained.
  • 1 x 400grm tin Baked beans with the tomato juice rinsed off and drained. 
  • 1 cup chopped onions.
  • ½ cup chopped green peppers.
  • ½ cup chopped red peppers.
  • ½ cup chopped yellow peppers.
  • ½ cup of oil.
  •  ½ cup red  vinegar.
  • 3 Tbsp. Brown sugar.
  • 3 tsp basil.
  • Ground Sea Salt and black Pepper to Taste.
  • Optional addition is 5-6 dashes of Tabasco sauce for those who enjoy something with a little bite.


  • Place med size pot on the hob.
  • Using a colander drain the brine from the Green beans and Butter beans.
  • Rinse the tomato juice from the baked beans. 
  • In a salad bowl combine your three beans, chopped onions and peppers.
  • In a mixing dish place the vinegar, sugar, oil, sweet basil salt and pepper.
  • Mix well and pour into pot.
  • Turn heat to medium.
  • Stir whilst heating.
  • Remove from hob at boiling point.
  • Pour over your 3 bean salad and combine.
  • Allow to cool
  • Optional addition, add 5-6 dashes of Tabasco sauce for those who enjoy something with a little bite.
  • Cover with shrink wrap and refrigerate minimum 1-2 hrs.

Traditional Oven Temperatures

  • 325° F
  • 350° F
  • 375° F
  • 400°F
  • 165° C
  • 177° C
  • 190° C
  • 200° C
  • Slow
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Moderately Hot

Serving your Three Bean Salad

What's so great about this incredible recipe is that it can compliment any meal as a side salad.

  • As mentioned earlier, we traditionally  have it on our Christmas day feast with the Gammon (see Home Cooking Haven Christmas Menu).
  • Great with Fish.
  • A must,  if you having Cold meats and salad.
  • Goes great with Barbecues.
  • Braaivleis.(Traditional name used in South Africa for Barbecue).
  • Add any Tin fish i.e. Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Pilchards.
  • Mix with shredded cold Chicken and a dash of Mayonnaise on a fresh French roll.
  • And my favorite is to add cherry tomatoes, rocket, chorizo and red onion.... a meal on its own.

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