Three Bean Salad to Improve your Mood!

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.

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19 comments on “Three Bean Salad to Improve your Mood!

  1. AvatarCarol

    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.

  2. AvatarStacey

    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.

  3. AvatarBarbara

    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~

  4. AvatarKathy Carlson

    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!

  5. AvatarLisa Shafer

    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

  6. AvatarAnna and Jim Berg

    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!

  7. AvatarOsvaldo and Vicky Fazzino

    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!

  8. AvatarSally Fried

    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

  9. Avatargail silver

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

  10. AvatarCheryl Freinhar

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

  11. Avatarmaria de junco

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

  12. AvatarJorge and Iraida Mendez

    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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