Aunt Tessie's Famous Three-Bean Salad

This is a special recipe in my stepmom's family, passed along from her Aunt Tessie years ago. The original recipe card is one of those well-loved 5x7 cards that's been around the kitchen so long it's covered in speckles of stuff and calls for "303 cans," the old term for standard 15-oz cans. The recipe is good right away, but gets better the next day or the day after when the flavors have had time to mix. Give thanks for your favorite aunt when you enjoy this recipe!

This recipe is naturally vegan and allergen-free.

Serves 12-15




  1. In the large mixing bowl, mix all beans, bell peppers, and onion.
  2. In the smaller mixing bowl, mix vinegar, oil, sugar, pepper, and salt.
  3. Pour the vinegar mixture over the beans and stir gently until well mixed. (Stir gently so you don't crush the beans.)
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Source: Taken directly from Tessie Dennis's Famous Three-Bean-Salad. Thanks, Bethann!