Three Bean Couscous Salad


This recipe was given to me years ago by a dear friend and mother of 4 who is well experienced with feeding a large family on a budget. It makes a perfect side dish for a summer barbecue and is a handy dish to bring along to a gathering of friends when you know there are going to be vegetarians present.

I find a supermarket tin of three bean salad comes into its own with this dish. With a combination of cannellini, flageolet and adzuki beans mixed in with the sweet and savoury ingredients children and adults alike get a healthy dose of fibre and nutrients in a dish which only takes minutes to prepare. You could, if you were so inclined, go about the long process of soaking and boiling your own beans, but I find a tin much more convenient with my busy lifestyle.

Leftovers make an excellent packed lunch for work.

Three Bean Couscous Salad
A healthy, quick and easy to prepare side dish.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 150 grams couscous
  • 240 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 red pepper, chopped into 1 cm squares
  • 1 400 gram tin 3 bean salad in water
  • 50 grams sultanas
  • fresh parsley, chopped
1. Heat olive oil in a small frying pan.
2. Saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
3. Stir hot vegetable stock into the couscous. Cover and leave to sit for five minutes.
4. Rinse and drain the tin of beans well.
5. Separate the grains of couscous with a fork and add the onion, pepper, beans, sultanas and parsley. Season well with salt and pepper, if desired.
6. Will keep for 2-3 days, covered, in the refrigerator.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 6

I have entered this recipe into My Legume Love Affair, a food bloggers challenge started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook and hosted this month by Lisa’s Kitchen.

Lisa is also hosting No Croutons Required for July 2013 where the theme is bean salads.



  1. Maya Russell says

    I definitely want to make more salads like this. Love red onion in salads too. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Debbie Skerten says

    Sounds and looks fabulous. I’m going to have to try it, but not put the raisins in. My stomach doesn’t like raisins!

  3. sue hodges says

    i bought a tin of 3 bean salad a while ago and then couldn’t think what to do with it – problem now solved!

  4. says

    in the Great Lakes area we grill even through the winter time so anytime is good for a barbecue I will try your recipe but I have to improve my math skills to change from grams to ounces lol

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