Three Bean Salad with black beans and hominy
Beans, Side Dishes, Vegetables and Salads

This Southwestern Three Bean Salad Will Kick Up Your Cookout

This Southwestern Three Bean Salad will add a boost of flavor to just about any meal. Serve it with your summer cookout or even a holiday feast.

three bean salad with black beans and hominy

Instead of the traditional garbanzo beans usually found in three bean salad, I added black beans and hominy. And since I was going Southwestern I went all in with a Chipotle Lime Dressing.

I only added a little Chipotle Chili Pepper at first. You will want to taste it before serving and add salt and pepper as needed just before serving.

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Southwestern Three Bean Salad

Prep time1 hour, 10 minutes
Meal type Beans, Salad and Vegetables, Side Dish
Southwestern Three Bean Salad with Chipotle Lime Dressing. Kick up your barbecue, cookout or summer party with this zesty salad.


  • 1 cup green beans (trimmed and cut in 1" pieces)
  • 15oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 15oz can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 15oz can hominy (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup greeen or red onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup red or orange bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves (chopped)
  • 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • salt and additional chipotle chili pepper (as needed before serving)


Cook green beans in boiling water for about 5 minutes. You want them still green with some crunch to them. Drain and immediately place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
In a medium bowl, combine all three beans, hominy, onions, pepper and cilantro.
Zest one lime. Squeeze juice from both limes.
In a small bowl combine lime zest and juice, chipotle chili pepper, and oil. Pour over salad and stir gently.
Chill in fridge at least one hour to overnight. Adjust seasonings before serving.

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