A hearty mixture of kidney beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans and water chestnuts combined with French dressing and tomato salsa. Great for picnics and barbies.
Make your own vinaigrette for this salad if you don't want to use prepared French dressing!
A great explosion of flavor combination. This is an excellent bean salad. I used kidney beans, green beans and garbanzo beans. I added slivered almonds, as another reviewer recommended. Using "medium" salsa (a nice level of "hot") provided the perfect counterpoint to the sweetness of the no-fat French dressing. I will repeat this recipe many times down the road. I'm always looking for good side dishes. - 04 May 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Since this recipe invited you to try different beans I made a typical 3 bean salad with kidney, wax, green and garbanzo beans. I added a little onion and left out the water chestnuts. The unusual dressing was really the thing that was supposed to give the typical bean salad a lift over the vinegar, oil and sugar type. I wasn’t impressed. It just tasted like French dressing with some salsa mixed in it and not something unique unto itself. I did try some sliced almonds. Maybe mine were old but If I do make this again I would totally leave the almonds out, did nothing for it. It may be better the second day too. Good starter idea to use salad dressing on the beans though, maybe I’ll try Ranch with the salsa next time. - 11 Nov 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Great and tasty recipe. Substitue an Italian dressing in liew of the French. Interesting and tasty! - 02 Jun 2000 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)