Canned beans do not need to be cooked when they are used in a bean salad or other recipes that are served cold. Canned beans are already cooked and should be drained before added to a salad.
Types of beans that are commonly used in bean salad include garbanzo, black and kidney beans. Black beans should be rinsed well before they are added to the salad.
Some bean salads are tossed in a light dressing. A mixture of lemon juice, olive oil and red wine vinegar pairs well with a bean salad.
For best results, the bean salad should be chilled before it is served.