Video: 3 Bean Salad, A Food to Improve your Mood!

by Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS on August 26, 2011

A nutritious recipe that’s easy to make, with ingredients that will improve your mood. Beans and corn will help increase your serotonin levels – a chemical responsible for making you feel happy! Other ingredients work in complimentary ways to improve and stabilize brain function and help maintain a healthy heart!

Three Bean Salad


  • 1/2 Minced medium Red Pepper
  • 1 Minced Carrot
  • 1/2 Minced Yellow Squash
  • 15oz frozen corn, defrosted and drained
  • 3 15oz cans of beans (Black, Kidney & Garbanzo)
  • 1/2 Cup chopped Scallions
  • 1/2 Cup of finely minced Red Onion
  • 2 Tbsp each chopped fresh Basil, oregano and Parsley
  • 1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves minced Garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 a large Lemon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for two or more hours.  Serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips or as a side dish to grilled fish.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol December 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Barbara I was searching for the perfect salad and this one is I’m going to try it tomorrow for a party. I would just love to receive more of your healthy recipes.

Tks a million.


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS December 13, 2013 at 6:38 am

It is the PERFECT party salad!! Serve it with organic corn chips, or on it’s own! Let me know what you think..



Stacey February 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

Hey Barbara – do you have this recipe in written format? At one time, I had it, but I can’t find it and I want to make this again. Hope you are well.


Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS February 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Hey Stacey~ email me at and I will send it to you~
Hope you are well!


Allison March 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Made this recipe this weekend. OUTSTANDING!


Barbara February 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

Thanks for your comments Kathy! I hope you have great success with your fit challenge!! and enjoy Super Bowl Sunday!! Don’t know where you live, but in these parts, we’re rooting for the Giants!! Enjoy~


Kathy Carlson February 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

Ms. Mendez — I just came across your site looking for healthy recipes for the Superbowl on Sunday. We’re having a fit challenge at my local karate do-jhong, which started out w/an herbal cleanse, helping me to lose several pounds in the first week. But the challenge is more about changing our diets long-term, so I’ve been taking the time to make those small changes you talked about in your Monday video on liquid nutrition. I came across this recipe, which is going to be a big hit on Sunday as well as some of your other tips. Your videos are interesting & informative, and I appreciate your advice! Thank you!


Lisa Shafer September 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I LOVE this recipe! Best part…my kids loved it! It’s a variation of one I make with tomatoes and cilantro – and never thought to sneak in the garbanzo and sqaush. They ate it right up!! Miss you


Anna and Jim Berg September 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Looks like a great recipe and we really liked how informative you are about each of the ingredients’ health benefits.
Can’t wait to check out other recipes of yours!


Barbara September 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

So glad to know you are all enjoying the recipe!! There are more to come so stay tuned…


diane powderly August 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

GREAT recipe! give me more!!


Pilar Gil August 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

Great recipe, Barbara! And you explain it like the best teacher! Follow you from Spain.


Osvaldo and Vicky Fazzino August 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm

We like your suggestion. It must be a very tasty, healthy and of course very easy to prepare. We will try it tonight, I wasn’t very sure what to prapare for supper and I’m sure, it will be deliceous!!
Thank you and congratulations!


Barbara August 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks everyone! Enjoy~


Sally Fried August 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Wow!!! You look great…you never fumfer (“er”, “uh”, “like”)…and the salad looks easy enough for even me to make. A triple threat. Love, Sally


gail silver August 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

Love your recipe. It looks delicious. I’m trying it today. You look beautiful. Keep me posted.


Cheryl Freinhar August 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

Fabulous recipe – made it in time for hurricane Irene. We were at my nephews house (Russ) and this hit the spot!


maria de junco August 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Congratulations Barbara! great recipe cant wait to share it with friends and family!!!
Maricris and Joe de Junco


Jorge and Iraida Mendez August 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Not only the recipe was great, YOU ARE GREAT!!! We love you so and are so very proud of you!
Mom and Dad


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