The total time to make a three-bean salad ranges between 35 and 90 minutes, depending on the recipe and ingredients. There are several different types of three-bean salad recipes at FoodNetwork.com and Epicurious.com. RealSimple.com provides a recipe that requires 15 minutes of total preparation time.
Three-bean salad recipes vary greatly depending on the types of beans and vegetables used in the recipe. While some recipes call for canned beans such as chickpeas, red kidney beans or black beans, other recipes require fresh green beans. The vegetables and ingredients used in some of the recipes require preparation such as cleaning, cutting and cooking.