Three Bean Salad; cat tales

I grew up in a small town, population 288. In a small town everyone knows everything about everybody.

They all knew I liked candy bars, fresh green beans, and dogs; and I hated chocolate covered cherries. I had the paper route so they probably knew more about me than the other 5 kids that lived in town. Every year someone would give me a box of chocolate covered cherries for Christmas and the entire town would tease me about it. I always gave them to my older brother’s wife who loved them.

The town new that, too.

In the summer I would be allowed to raid gardens for the fresh green beans. (My mother planted flowers, not vegetables.)

I loved them all – green, yellow, flat, round. I loved them cooked simply in butter or drowned in heavy cream and cheese with bacon.

The only way I hated them was in Three Bean Salad.

Three bean salad was as much of a staple at all the big family picnics as potato salad and baked beans.

I went from hating it as a child to loving it as an adult…. without tasting it in the intervening years.

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Three Bean Salad

This has a slightly sweet vinaigrette. It keeps well and is great for picnics or to just have on hand for snacking.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads


  • 6oz (180gr) green beans
  • 6oz (180gr) yellow wax beans
  • 15oz (450gr) red kidney beans
  • 1/2 red pepper or orange pepper
  • 2 tbs fresh snipped chives
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) tarragon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) olive oil


  • Top and tail beans. Cut in 1″ (2.5 cm) lengths. 
  • Bring a medium saucepan half full of water to a boil over high heat. 
  • Add beans and blanch for 4 minutes, until just tender. 
  • Drain beans and immediately submerge in an equal amount of very cold water. 
  • Drain again, spread out on paper towels and pat dry. 
  • Put into a serving bowl. 
  • Add kidney beans, pepper, and chives.
  • Vinaigrette: In small bowl whisk together the sugar, mustard and vinegar. 
  • Slowly add the oil whisking constantly. 
  • Pour over beans and stir to combine. 
  • Set aside for at least 15 minutes. 


Use any kind of fresh beans you like. You could substitute white beans for the red kidney beans.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 309
  • Sugar: 8.4 g
  • Sodium: 325.7 mg
  • Fat: 15.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.8 g
  • Fiber: 8.7 g
  • Protein: 10.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: three bean salad, green beans, salads

3 Bean Salad

It’s been hot here the last few days…. Temps have been 37C – 40C (98F – 104F).

We close the house up, both windows and shutters, early in the morning to try to keep it cool but after 4 days there is a limit as to how effective that is. Everything is wide open all night to let the slightly cooler air in.

Guapa is not happy with the heat. She also is not happy with any of the recommended ways of cooling her off: hoses, wet towels, bags of ice, etc. The one thing that she does allow me to do is wipe her head and ears with a wet cloth.

Actually, she is starting to like that…..

We go for our regular walk in the morning, at sunrise when it’s still cool. Both the afternoon walk and early evening walk have been eliminated. She pokes her head out the door, looks around, and goes back inside.

Until today.

Today there was a cat in our front garden / yard.

We are not accustomed to seeing cats.

Cats are exciting.

Cats can’t get through the fence like bunnies can.

I’m guessing the cat came in when mon mari had the front gate open and got trapped after he closed it.

Guapa promptly forgot that it was 38C (100F) outside and took off after the cat. The cat ran in circles, the dog chased the cat, and I chased the dog.

The cat finally went up the tree and I caught the dog.

I put the dog in the house and opened the gate so, if and when the cat finally comes down, it can leave. When I looked in the tree I saw 2 golden eyes glowing at me. Then it climbed higher.

I do hope it can come down by itself….

As to Guapa, I cooled her down as best I could and she is panting in front of the fan.

So am I.

6 thoughts on “Three Bean Salad; cat tales”

  1. Queen Anne Cordial Cherries. Not sure why anyone thought them an appropriate gift for the person who delivered their paper.

    • No – I took Guapa inside and rubbed her down with a wet cloth. She hates water so we have to be careful 😉 The pool would have been better – for me

  2. Poor kitty!! I hope it comes down. Sometimes, they’re so traumatized though, they spend days up there and need to be rescued, you know. Just saying…I hope Guapa has recovered.

    My husband will LOVE this recipe! I’m not a big wax bean fan so I generally don’t eat anything but green beans and kidney beans and that group is fine, but they’re legumes. 🙂

    It was 95 here yesterday. It’s just hot.

    • We had 8 days of above 95F with 3 of them above 100F It was miserable – esp for the dog. Spent a lot of time with cold, wet clothes rubbing her head and ears. Cats around here all run loose so it was probably experienced. And I think the wisteria was easy to climb down. It was gone when I checked a few hours later.

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