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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


Wednesday 25th of January 2023

My grandmother always made this for potlucks, I make it often.


Friday 13th of January 2023

My mom used to make this salad a lot. I haven't made it in years but was craving the taste. I made an altered version this morning. Using Garbanzo, kidney and black beans, corn, black olives, dill pickles, celery, onions, peppercinis, eggs, salt, pepper, paprika and mayo. Taste tested great, thank you for giving me the basics.

Steve gieselman

Friday 11th of November 2022

I thought and remembered this bean salad that was always at our church picknics when I was a kid, looked thru my moms old receipts and couldn’t find it, I called a friend of mine in Indiana and sure enough she knew what the receipt was, long story short I made it and my family loved it! We live in Texas, they never heard of it. Another one I remember is vinegar dumplings, mom used to make them all the time. I can’t find a receipt either, sure would like to make some if someone Some people called them mock apple dumplings, they were sweet and kinda sour at the same time. Delicious delicious delicious


Wednesday 9th of November 2022

Yes I made this Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad, it turned out like what my Mother used to make.


Sunday 7th of August 2022

just made this with pinto beans instead of kidney beans. Tastes just as good. Now time to fix breaded tenderloins to go with it eventually!

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