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Pickled or Non-Fermented Foods: Pickled Three-Bean Salad1

United States Department of Agriculture, Extension Service2

Pickled Three-Bean Salad
1-1/2 cups cut and blanched green or yellow beans (prepared as below)
1-1/2 cups canned, drained, red kidney beans
1 cup canned, drained garbanzo beans
1/2 cup peeled and thinly sliced onion (about 1 medium onion)
1/2 cup trimmed and thinly sliced celery (1-1/2 medium stalks)
1/2 cup sliced green peppers (1/2 medium pepper)
1/2 cup white vinegar (5 percent)
1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp canning or pickling salt
1-1/4 cups water

Yield: About 5 to 6 half-pints

Procedure: Wash and snap off ends of fresh beans. Cut or snap into 1- to 2-inch pieces. Blanch 3 minutes and cool immediately. Rinse kidney beans with tap water and drain again. Prepare and measure all other vegetables. Combine vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, and water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add oil and salt and mix well. Add beans, onions, celery, and green pepper to solution and bring to a simmer. Marinate 12 to 14 hours in refrigerator, then heat entire mixture to a boil. Fill clean jars with solids. Add hot liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.

Adjust lids and process according to the recommendations in Table 1.


Table 1. 

Recommended process time for Pickled Three-Bean Salad in a boiling water canner.


Process Time at Altitudes of

Style of Pack

Jar Size

0–1,000 ft

1,001–6,000 ft

Above 6,000 ft


Half-pints or Pints

15 min





This document is FCS8227, one of a series of the Family Youth and Community Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date February 1993. Reviewed January 2014. Visit the EDIS website at This document was extracted from the Complete Guide to Home Canning, Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA. It was originally published on CD-ROM as part of HE 8152, Guide 6: Preparing and Canning Fermented Foods and Pickled Vegetables.


Reviewed for use in Florida by Amy Simonne, professor, Food Safety and Quality, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville FL 32611.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.