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3 entrees with 3-bean salad

I just got back from vacationing in Spain and hence, on an EXTREME budget. When I went grocery shopping today, I picked up some cans of red kidney beans, chick peas and black beans and decided to make a 3-bean salad. I thought of various entrees one can create that includes 3-bean salad.

Our 3-bean salad will serve as the base for all entrees. Recipe is as follows:

(Note: you can use any beans you’d like and as many different types but I settled on the following)

  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1 can of chick peas
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped scallions
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • Optional: lemon juice to taste

First entree: 3-bean salad


It’s good by itself or on a slice of bread. This would make an EXCELLENT hors doeuvre, especially if paired with a crisp chardonnay. It might be nice to grate some parmesan on this, too. Or, ooo, avocado slices.

$ breakdown:

  • Approximately $3 for all the beans
  • $3 for grape tomatoes
  • ~$1 for scallions
  • Approximately $3-6 for a really goad loaf of bread
  • The rest of the ingredients should already be staples in your kitchen!

Second entree: 3-bean salad with tuna

  • Use the 3-bean salad recipe
  • 1 can of chunk white albacore in water
  • Salt and pepper to flavor the tuna


This would also be excellent to serve with bread or crackers.

$ breakdown:

  • $2-5 depending on the quality of tuna

Third entree: 3-bean pasta salad

  • 3-bean salad
  • 1 can of tuna
  • Any pasta cooked al-dente
  • 1/2 cup of frozen sweet corn kernels

This dish tends to dry out a little so I keep maybe 1/4 to 1/5  cup of the starchy pasta water. Mix everything together, drizzle with olive oil and salt & pepper to taste. You can also add some lemon juice to this. The frozen corn kernels will cook when mixed with the hot pasta


$ breakdown (so cheap):

  • $1-3 depending on the type of pasta
  • $1-3 for the corn. It’d probably be cheaper if you use fresh corn!

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