Caprese 3 Bean Salami Salad

Caprese 3 Bean Salami Salad is a crowd-pleasing recipe for summer gatherings, potlucks, and reunions! Make with fresh caprese ingredient and 3 bean salad! This post is sponsored by READ® Salads.

A reunion is the perfect way to stay in touch, and rekindle old bonds! Bridge the generation gap by bringing family, cousins, or school chums together, serving a big potluck meal, and this Caprese 3 Bean Salami Salad!

Caprese 3 Bean Salami Salad

READ® Salads has been a pantry staple for generations, featuring tasty, convenient and versatile ready-to-eat products packaged in cans or cups —3 Bean Salad, 4 Bean Salad and German Potato Salad.

3 bean salami salad

For our recipe today, we used READ® Salads 3 Bean Salad and added crowd-pleasing ingredients like mozzarella balls, tomatoes, salami, and fresh basil!

How to plan a reunion

I know how special reunions are, because I planned one for my sisters and girl cousins on my mom’s side last October. We had a blast making our family dish together (Fleischkuekle), a tradition we grew up with. And then, of course, this Newfoundland Blueberry Buckle Recipe for breakfast!

According to Group Travel, more than 50% of the families that hold reunions have them every year or every other year. Most family reunions have at least three or four generations attending, and just under 16% include five generations!

What’s the best way to ensure a successful family reunion? The difference is in the details.

Here are a few hosting tips for a big event like a family reunion (invites, menu planning, food preparation).

Step ONE – Plan a reunion

  1. Step one in planning a reunion is collecting the contact information of all who should be invited.
  2. Set the date; send out the invitation (use Evite or send an email), plus any other needed information (where to stay, etc:)
  3. When you get closer to the event, send out more information explaining what to expect and what to bring.
  4. Have one contact person so nothing gets missed.

Step TWO – Plan the menu

  1. Whether it’s for five or 50 people, food is foremost when it comes to gathering a group of friends and family together.
  2. For our gathering we had 8 people, so the menu was easy (I could do it all). If a large group, divide up the meals and give a detailed listing of who is responsible for what meal.
  3. You can make the assignment list by last names. Or if you’re like me, write the menu out and just start assigning people what to bring. Keep this part simple or you will go crazy. Don’t ask people what they want to bring, unless you have endless hours to email back and forth.

Step THREE – Pass the traditions

In addition to seeing family and friends, everyone will be interested in seeing what’s on the menu!

Here are some of READ’s most treasured recipes that will be perfect for your reunion table. Mix them in with your grandma’s famous dishes, as well as your own new creations.

Serve one or serve them all – your guests will appreciate all your hard work (but only you need to know that these were a breeze to whip up:)

Don’t forget to bring in more people to help plan the activities (let’s say baseball or volleyball is a tradition).

Will there be music? Who’s bringing their guitars?

Will there be a fire? Who’s bringing the wood?

For our family, singing the family prayer before we eat is very important! Check out the Reunite with READ website for even more helpful organizational tips/checklists and yummy recipes that’ll be a hit at your next reunion!

Caprese 3 Bean Salad

For our gathering, we served a Caprese 3 Bean Salami Salad. With delicious fresh ingredients (mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and fresh basil), add cans of READ Three Bean Salad. Optional to serve vegetarian or with salami.

Or, the 3 Bean Salad is great on its own.

READ® Salads provide important nutrients, including dietary fiber, folate, potassium, iron, plant-based protein and more. All are shelf-stable and gluten-free.

We are big meat lovers, so a good quality dried salami made this salad even more delicious.

Add slices of fresh (warm) whole wheat bread loaves around the salad, and serve on a large tray!

TIP: Right before serving add the basil and salami. This makes it nice and colorful and fresh!

When finalized, send it out to everyone!

My secret for a large party is to serve it buffet style. Set it out, they will come! Arrange the salads on one end, main dishes in the middle, serving utensils, drinks, and napkins on the other side.

Off to the side or in the house you can line up the desserts, like pies, cakes, or cupcakes. Or, have one giant cooler with frozen ice cream treats!

READ Giveaway

READ wants to help with your next reunion by awarding 12 prizes.

  • Two (2) Grand Prizes: a $500 VISA gift card + 4 cases of READ Salads (3 Bean, 4 Bean, 3 Bean Individual Serving Cups, and German Potato Salad).
  • Ten (10) First Runners Up Prizes: A $99 month gift card + a family pack of READ Salads.
  • Limit one entry per day. All entrants’ names and email addresses will be added to receive the Aunt Nellie’s/READ eNewsletter.
  • From June 3 – 30 ENTER THE GIVEAWAY. Limit one entry daily.

Happy Hosting!

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Caprese 3 Bean Salami Salad

Great salad for a potluck or reunion!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Keyword: 3 bean salad, caprese salad
Servings: 16


  • 5 (15 cans READ 3 Bean Salad 3 drained, 2 undrained
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 pound small mozzarella marinated balls drained
  • 3/4 cup (1 ofresh basil chopped
  • 8 oz dried salami sliced
  • 2 13 oz whole wheat baguettes sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • If making ahead, don’t add the basil or salami until ready to serve.
  • In a large bowl, add the 3 bean salad (3 cans drained, 2 undrained), tomatoes, and cheese.
  • Right before serving, add the basil and salami. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix together and serve!
  • Serve on a large platter with sliced baguette around the outside. Don’t forget the butter!


If making ahead, don’t add the basil or salami until ready to serve.

More mouth-watering salad recipes that are great for reunions: Easy Pad Thai Salad, Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad, Greek Cobb Salad, and Ramen Salad.

3 comments on “Caprese 3 Bean Salami Salad”

  1. How awesome…The majority of both my parents family’s live in the midwest, which once we moved to the PNW made it nearly impossible to go back for reunions (mostly my moms side did them and they were HUGE when we were younger). Last September our family flew out to Florida (where my grandma, two aunts and a cousin now live)…Grandma is 90 and we wanted to see her and let her meet her first Great great grandson. That started a chain reaction and we ended up having a mini reunion with all her kids (minus my mom), their kids, minus a few who couldn’t be there…it was a blast. We rented a house with a pool and the areas were large enough that we gathered there for meals and a 90th birthday party. We all pitched in potluck style…it was a blast.

  2. Presentation is beautiful and the caprese  salad looks yummy!
    Would you mind sharing where your serving pieces are from?

    • Hi Cathy! The bowl I bought in a thrift store a few years back. It’s hammered aluminum and I have quite a collection! :)

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