Green Bean and Pasta Salad


Bean&Pasta SaladA few days ago, we bought a rather large bag of green beans at Costco. These beans are great but we’ve been neglecting our kitchen (and cooking duties) so we worried they might start to go bad.

When trying to decide what to do with the beans for dinner tonight, Paul thought salad while Megan thought casserole. We decided to combine the two to make a green bean and pasta salad!

So, here’s our delicious and easy recipe for green bean and pasta salad!

What you’ll need: 

  • About 2 cups green beans, cooked al dente
  • About 3 cups small pasta (we used penne)
  • About ¼ cup any kind of vinaigrette dressing (we used a light greek dressing)
  •  ½ lime
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

What you’ll do: 

  1. Rinse and steam the beans. Leave them a bit firm to keep some texture in the salad.
  2. When the beans are cooked to your liking, remove them from the heat and immediately rinse them in cold water.
  3. Once the beans are cooled, chop them into bite-sized pieces. Zest some of the lime peel and sprinkle some of the garlic powder onto the beans.
  4. Cook the pasta to your preferred texture.
  5. Combine the cooled beans and the pasta in a large bowl.
  6. Add the dressing – we just added enough to coat everything but figure it was probably about ¼ cup.
  7. Add salt, pepper, oregano, and lime to taste.
  8. Mix everything well and put it in the fridge to cool.
  9. Serve the salad cold and top with parmesan cheese for a nice finishing touch!
This recipe makes about 6 good sized portions.

It’s pretty much winter here so we’ve decided to serve the salad with warm chicken (cooked on the grill with a garlic crust) but we think it would be delicious if you added some grilled chicken before you cooled the salad for a nice summer dish!

This salad is not only delicious, it’s pretty healthy – we give it 4/5 on the healthometer! Because of the parmesan, pasta and the olive oil in the dressing, you’re adding a few calories but it’s still a great healthy choice! If you want to add more nutrients without adding a ton of calories, try tossing in some fresh bell peppers or whatever vegetables you enjoy. We think cucumbers, celery, and zuchini would all be good options.

Green Bean and Pasta Salad
Green Bean and Pasta Salad

Enjoy and let us know what you think! Yes, that is one absurdly grainy photo. Thanks, iPhone 3GS – your results are very 2009. Replacement with 2011 performance (iPhone 4s) desired.

~FoodBunch

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