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Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad

Colorful, crunchy and fresh, this deliciously easy Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad makes a perfect cold side dish and takes just a few minutes to make. A yellow serving bowl full of kidney bean salad.

This easy bean salad has such a fond place in my memories. When I was a little girl you could be certain you’d find a bowl of this tangy, crunchy cold salad at the little country church potlucks I attended with my grandma.

Check out my other church potluck favorites: 
Summer vegetables and farfelle pasta tossed with an Italian dressing in a white bowl. A bottle of olive oil and pepper sit to the side.

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

Kidney bean salad takes just a handful of ingredients and transforms them into such a colorful and filling side dish. And it’s a great way to use up those hardboiled eggs you might have leftover from Easter. (Note my pretty shiny Easter eggs!)A colander full of drained kidney beans sitting next to celery, onion, pickles, hard boiled eggs and miracle whip.

To make Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad you’ll need:

2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup sweet pickles, chopped
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 cup of Miracle Whip or mayoA yellow bowl full of the ingredients to make the salad before the dressing has been added.

Now let’s talk about some of these ingredients, substitutions and additions. 

1) It doesn’t matter what color kidney beans you use. Dark red, light red, whatever your preference is fine! Shoot, you could even substitute in black beans or whatever canned bean you’ve got and it would probably still be tasty.
2) I like chopping up sweet pickles for my kidney bean salad because I like getting an actual bite of pickle in my salad. Feel free to substitute sweet pickle relish instead and make things even easier. 
3) The dressing. You can use your preference of Miracle Whip or mayo. I know a lot of people feel very strongly about this one. Use what your taste buds like. Whatever you use, it’s going to mix in with the egg yolks and will give the salad a dressing that has a taste similar to a deviled egg. So I suggest using whatever you use to make your deviled eggs. I like both, but I think Miracle Whip tastes the best in this salad.
4) Sometimes I also add about 1/2 cup cubed cheddar cheese to this salad. It makes a great addition.A small white bowl full of old fashioned kidney bean salad sits next to a salt and pepper shaker.

This cold salad goes great with sandwiches, burgers, like my Juicy Burger loose meat sandwiches, and leftover Easter ham! Hope you’ll enjoy this old fashioned blast from the past as much as I do.

After the kidney bean salad is mixed with the dressing.

Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Colorful, crunchy and fresh, this deliciously easy Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad makes a perfect cold side dish and takes just a few minutes to make.


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of kidney beans
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet pickle
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip or Mayo
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. First drain and rinse off your kidney beans.
  2. Add the kidney beans to a medium sized bowl along with the chopped celery, onion, sweet pickles, hard boiled eggs, and Miracle Whip.
  3. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Will stay fresh in the fridge for several days. Just cover tightly with plastic wrap.


  • Use whatever color kidney beans you have on hand, light red or dark red.
  • Sweet pickle relish may be substituted for the chopped sweet pickles.
  • Either Miracle Whip or mayo can be used for the dressing, use your preference.

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Colorful, crunchy and fresh, this deliciously easy Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad makes a perfect cold side dish and takes just a few minutes to make. #beansalad #kidneybeansalad #accidentalhappybaker


Thursday 23rd of June 2022

I love the recipe. I added small cubed cheddar cheese and additional sweet pickle. It was a delish and filling lunch for during the work week.

Melba Taylor

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Love this recipe. Delicious! This is mainly my snack instead of the mini heresy bar!

Perfect ...I immediately knew this was the recipe and i easily made half for me to sample.

Patricia Jones

Sunday 3rd of April 2022

Any new recipe I find d is great. I love beans of all kind and 5his is right up my alley.


Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Judy March 22,2022 8:50 pm This is the salad from my past wasn't sure about the ingredient's so looked it up and yours was the first one I came to, as soon as I read it I knew it was the one. Made it right away and it was just as I remembered. So glad I found this. It's funny that a salad like this is known by so many.I just wouldn't have thought it was surprised I thought it was something my family made up. Than k You


Sunday 6th of March 2022

So many d*mned adds the recipe couldn't be seen - it kept jumping around and couldn't see it. Also the ingredients only showed probably the last 3. Waste of time coming to this site. I have now blocked it!

Amy D

Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi Rich! You know in the 7 years that I've been doing this, yours is the first comment I've had to edit swear words out of because I don't like that garbage on my website. It's also the first complaint I've ever had about ads. Seriously. Unfortunately this website costs a lot of money to run, so I can't just give recipes away for nothing. I can't pay thousands of dollars for the world to enjoy Kidney Bean Salad if I don't have lights or electricity! Ads are the way I balance that out and keep my bills paid. I understand it's frustrating to some people and that's why that handy "Jump to Recipe" button is at the top of the page, so you don't have to deal with them!

Best wishes and hope you find that bean salad since you've blocked this website!

Amy D.

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