Summer salads are a great way to eat well on these hot summer days. Try out this Cannellini Bowtie Pasta that comes together in a flash.
A few weeks ago I boasted how moderate the temps are here in San Diego. I spoke too soon. You knew that would happen, right?
Last week it felt like our little piece of the world had been blasted somewhere to the east. Humidity does make things feel hotter. Even if the temps are still considered “moderate.”
Whew, glad that’s over. And my apologies for gloating. Seriously.
Hot, muggy weather calls for cool dinner salads. Yes, I know, there are people under your roof who balk at the idea of a salad being a meal. I know. But, I say do it anyway.
And this pasta salad with white kidney beans (aka cannellini) is packed with protein, a few veggies for good measure, and a rocking vinaigrette packed with flavor.
Keep a bowl of this in the refrigerator for serving as a cold lunch, light dinner, or even for snacking. Hubby loves to have a cold salad to snack on when he comes home from work.
The entire dish probably won’t cost more than $2.50 and it can feed a lot of people.
Recipe: Cannellini Bowtie Pasta Salad
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 pound bowtie pasta, cooked, drained, and cooled
- 15 ounce can cannellini, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped basil
- In a large bowl, place the vinegar, salt, garlic, and pepper. Whisk to blend. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking to blend.
- Add the pasta, beans, tomatoes, pepper, and basil. Stir gently to combine.
- Chill for several hours to allow flavors to combine.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8
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What is your favorite recipe for summer salads?