This classic Three Bean Salad recipe is a favorite side dish at parties. Use fresh beans if you can find them, but canned beans are easy to find and work just as well!
8 ounces EACH fresh green beans and fresh yellow wax beans may be substituted for the canned beans. To blanch the fresh beans, bring 3 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stock pot or saucepan. Add green and yellow beans, return to a boil, and simmer until softened slightly but still tender-crisp and bright in color, about 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into an ice bath to stop the beans from cooking.