Cannellini Bowtie Pasta Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Salads)

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.

Ultimate Recipe Swap

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Remember: Each week at Ultimate Recipe Swap, there is a posted theme. You are welcome to share any recipe that fits the theme and contains a link back to Life as MOM. If you’re curious about the upcoming themes, I have a calendar here. This week’s theme is Summer Salads.

If you have a recipe that fits the theme, please link it. However, things like Beef Strogonaff will be deleted from Chicken week because it doesn’t contain chicken. Please keep this meme as helpful to others as we can.

And don’t make me the bad guy! ;)

What is your favorite recipe for summer salads?

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  1. Thank you for hosting. This week I shared my simple pasta salad recipe. I haven’t had it in awhile, I really should make it soon.

  2. Thanks for hosting! 🙂 Have a great Thursday!

    Be sure to check out my latest recipe, review & giveaway @ Baking Blissful

  3. We use a lot of cannellini beans and our grocery stores only carry one brand and no dry cannellini beans! I pay about $1.50/can; has anyone found these dry beans anywhere?

  4. Have you tried this salad with red wine vinegar? Does the white taste very different?

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      White wine vinegar was all I had. I’m outta red during the pantry challenge. I’m actually out of white, too, now that I think of it. But red would work just as well and be very tasty. White has a brighter flavor to it. That’s the best way I can describe it.

  5. I made this salad for a dinner on Sunday with family. Everyone loved it. I think it was light and refreshing.
    I didn’t have any wine vinegar in our house so I use Japanese Rice Vinegar and I use Garbanzo beans because that was all I had.
    Very good Sald.

  6. Theresa Ellis says:

    another so good.

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