This easy canned green bean salad is a quick vegetable side dish that requires zero cooking, and is perfect for road trips, camping, and power outages.
Do you have strong feelings about canned green beans?
I know there are some canned green bean haters out there, but I have to say, I think they're pretty great.
No, they're not fresh green beans.
And no, a canned green bean salad will never be as crisp and delicious as a fresh green bean salad.
Hear me out.
Canned green beans can be delicious!
And if you're in a spot where fresh vegetables are hard to find, or where you want vegetables but have no refrigeration or electricity, canned green beans can be your friend.
All you need are a few shelf-stable ingredients to make this quick and easy canned green bean salad.
This no-cook salad is perfect for camping trips, road trips, and power outages. Or if you, like me, crave vegetables in the middle of the night, this is a pretty delicious midnight snack.
What Kind of Canned Green Beans Should I Use?
I've eaten this salad with lots of different types of green beans!
It's good with any type of canned, unseasoned green beans. I like it with French-cut, Italian-style, regular green beans, and wax beans. If you prefer, the low-sodium beans will also work well.
Avoid using canned four-bean salad, which usually has seasoning added.
Making the Salad Dressing
To make the salad dressing, simply whisk together a little oil, vinegar, and mustard.
If you're traveling without a whisk, simply use a fork (or spork). I travel with a titanium spork.
If you prefer a sweeter dressing, add a little honey (or use honey mustard).
If you're using low-sodium green beans, add a pinch of salt to the dressing.
How to Make Canned Green Bean Salad
Next, all you have to do is drain the can of beans, and then add the beans and a few sliced almonds to the dressing. Toss it all together.
Serve the salad right away, and enjoy this easy veggie side dish!
Canned Green Bean Salad
- can opener (if cans aren't pop-top)
- bowls (for mixing salad + serving)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons mustard (yellow, Dijon, or honey) Or use 1 tablespoon for a bolder dressing
- 1 teaspoon vinegar (apple cider, white wine, or rice)
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
- 14 ounce can green beans (any variety, unseasoned)
- 2 tablespoons almond slivers Or swap sunflower seeds
- Mix together the oil, mustard, vinegar and honey (if using).
- Drain the liquid from the green beans. Add the green beans and almonds into a bowl with the dressing, and toss to incorporate the dressing.Divide among two bowls and serve.