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Double Cheese, Bean and Pasta Salad

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 20 min total time
  • 7 ingredients
  • 5 servings
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Enjoy this cheesy salad made using beans and pasta - dinner ready in 20 minutes.

Ingredients

6
oz. (2 cups) uncooked rainbow rotini (spiral pasta)
1
(15-oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
4
oz. mozzarella cheese, diced (about 1 cup)
4
oz. colby or Cheddar cheese, diced (about 1 cup)
4
Italian plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise, sliced
1/4
cup sliced green onions
1/2
cup purchased balsamic vinaigrette

Steps

  • 1 Cook rotini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients.
  • 3 Add rotini to salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  • 1 Cook rotini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients.
  • 3 Add rotini to salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Expert Tips

Use any combination of your favorite firm cheese; dice and measure 2 cups.

This fast recipe can be served immediately or after chilling. Prepare the salad ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Mound the salad on lettuce-lined plates and garnish with a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley or basil. Toasted baguette slices and red and green grape clusters complete dinner.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
480
Calories from Fat
200
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
34%
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
815mg
34%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
7g
28%
Sugars
6g
6%
Protein
25g
25%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
16%
16%
Calcium
34%
34%
Iron
24%
24%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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