Favorite Summertime Salad – Confetti Bean

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This has become a favorite cook-out side dish recipe and has a record of close to 10 consecutive appearances at summertime Nordby family cookouts.  I usually serve this with Tostitos Scoops chips but can also be a star solo act.  Double the recipe for lots of left-overs that go quickly in my house.


  • 1 can (16-oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-oz) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10-oz) low-sodium canned corn
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 sweet red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 orange pepper (chopped)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes on the vine (chopped)
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 fresh avocado (chopped) – add close to the time of serving
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  • Drain and rinse the beans.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beans, corn, cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, green onion, and garlic.
  • In a small bowl, make the dressing by whisking the vinegar, oil, garlic and chili powder.
  • Pour dressing over bean mixture; toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon. 

Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts (approximate)

Serving size – 2/3 cup: 200 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 7g fiber), 7g protein. 

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